“We are extending the comment period to ensure ample opportunity for public input,” said Alex Sienkiewicz, Yellowstone District Ranger. “Public comment helps to determine significant issues that may arise, but comments do need to be substantive to the exploration project at hand. Once comments are received, the Forest will analyze feedback from the process and subsequently, this information will help us to determine the level of analysis to be applied to the proposal at hand. We have not yet made this determination.”
Proposed activities would involve conducting core drilling at up to nine sites within the existing prism of Forest Service Roads #3272 (Emigrant Creek) and #3273 (Emigrant Peak). Two of the proposed drill sites along Forest Service Road #3273 are located within the North Absaroka inventoried roadless area. Three of the proposed drill sites located east of Emigrant Creek would be accessed via helicopter. The three helicopter supported sites would occupy drill sites previously used in 1991. To minimize new disturbance, no new road construction is proposed for the project. Once all exploratory drilling is completed, the drill holes would be plugged, the drill pads would be reclaimed, and all incidental disturbances would be restored to a pre-drilling condition.
Project information, including the Emigrant Project Mineral Exploration Plan of Operations, is available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin by clicking on the right-hand quicklink: NEPA and Public Scoping Documents. For further questions call Peter Werner at (406) 587-6962. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by August 20, 2015 to Peter Werner, Project Lead, Custer Gallatin National Forest Supervisors Office (10 E Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59715) or by email at: FSfirstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record and will be available for public inspection.