The preliminary decision is to select both Alternative 2-Proposed Action (Highland Road (west) and Alternative 3 (Highland Road (north)/Roosevelt Drive. This decision would allow Butte Highland Joint Venture (BHJV) to haul unprocessed ore over Forest Service roads and provide a route for mine support vehicles for the Butte Highland Joint Venture Mine.
The EA demonstrates that both haul routes with required FS mitigation, project design criteria and operating requirements are equally acceptable. The EA and DN/FONSI are available on the internet at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/bdnf/projects (Under Analysis-Butte Highland Mine Haul Road).
For additional information or to provide comments contact Dave Sabo, Butte District Ranger at (406) 494-2147.