Management issues identified to date by the BLM include hazardous fuels reduction in the Wildland Urban Interface, food storage regulations and guidelines in grizzly bear management zones, riparian vegetation restoration treatments, timber harvests, noxious weed treatments, grazing permit renewals for 14 allotments and a potential reroute of a small segment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
The BLM has spent the past two years working on Land Health Assessments in the area and is now developing an Environmental Assessment that will evaluate the issues identified above and determine the best course of action to treat them. Treatments may include but not be limited to, timber harvest, thinning, mastication, prescribed fire, road maintenance, fencing and water developments.
The field office is currently seeking public comments on any additional issues, concerns, or alternatives that should be evaluated by the BLM during this planning process. The BLM will use the public’s comments to develop specific proposed management actions that will be analyzed in an EA and made available for public review and comment later this year.
A detailed scoping letter is available online at http://blm.gov/r4ld
Members of the public can also request a copy of the letter be mailed to them by calling the Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600.
Although comments will be accepted at any time throughout the process, those submitted by May 1 will be most helpful in development of the EA. To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter.
Comments should be sent to: BLM Butte Field Office, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701 or by e-mail to Charles Tuss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.