The Environmental Assessment will evaluate a variety of resource issues and develop a range of management actions to address issues such as access and travel planning; increased recreation opportunities, including a non-motorized, multiple use trail system proposal; grazing permit renewals for eight different grazing allotments; vegetation treatments to restore uplands to more historic conditions; modification of existing fences to promote wildlife passage; and treatment of nonnative and noxious plant infestations.
“At this time, we would like to hear from the public on any additional issues, concerns, or alternatives we should evaluate during this process,” said Butte Field Office manager Scott Haight. “We’ll take those comments into consideration as we prepare an Environmental Assessment which we plan to make available for public review in spring of 2014. While we’ll accept comments at any point in the process, the earlier we get them, the more helpful they’ll be in the development of the proposed action.”
Haight added that his office would prefer to receive comments by Nov. 12 and that they should as specific as possible, including suggestions regarding resource issues, travel routes, data sources, or alternatives to be considered in the environmental analysis.
The planning area consists of approximately 5,422 acres and includes public lands in the following allotments: Avalanche Creek, Confederate Gulch, Deep Creek/Townsend, Duck Creek, Hidden Hollow, Hunter Creek, Klondike Claim, Little Hellgate, Lower Duck Creek, Ming Bar, Ray Creek, and Wickiup Creek.
A scoping letter with more details on the proposed project is available for public review at the BLM Butte Field Office, at 106 N. Parkmont in Butte, or on the web at http://blm.gov/zdld.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Comments should be sent to the Butte Field Office at 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701 or by e-mail to Erik Broeder at email@example.com. For more information, call the Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600.
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