The field office issued a scoping letter to interested parties on Friday, saying it’s in the initial stages of identifying issues in the Park/Gallatin and Broadwater County South Planning Area and is inviting the public to submit scoping comments. The planning area in southwest Montana consists of about 32,859 acres of public land administered by the BLM.
The field office intends to complete land health assessments in the Park/Gallatin and Broadwater County South Planning Area this summer and fall. This will be followed by an environmental assessment which will develop a range of management actions on a variety of resource issues, including access and travel planning; increased recreational opportunities; grazing permit renewals for 42 grazing allotments; fence modifications for wildlife; hazardous fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface; and implementation of food storage orders in the Yellowstone ecosystem.
The full text of the 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.
The field office is currently accepting scoping comments on any additional issues, concerns, or alternatives that should be evaluated by the BLM during this planning process. BLM staff will use the public’s comments to develop specific actions which will be analyzed in the EA and made available for public review at a later date.
“Comments provided during the scoping period are used to identify issues of public concern, which really helps the BLM focus its analysis and ultimately to make better decisions,” said Lacy Decker, BLM project manager.
Although comments will be accepted at any time throughout the process, those submitted by Feb. 20 will be most helpful in development of the proposed action and EA. To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter.
Comments may be mailed to the Butte Field Office at 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701 or emailed to Lacy Decker 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.