BLM To Revise Eastern Montana Resource Management Plan
The Bureau of Land Management’s
(BLM) Miles City Field Office is inviting public input on a major
planning revision concerning federal land management within the field
office's area of jurisdiction.
The document will guide the
agency’s management of public lands to ensure healthy ecosystems,
promote multiple uses, and develop natural resources for present and
The new plan will transpire
over the next three years and merge the current Powder River and Big
Dry resource management plans. The scope of the resource management
plan (RMP) will affect 2.78 million BLM-managed surface acres and 11.7
million sub-surface acres of mineral estate.
The planning area includes
Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder
River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure,
Wibaux and portions of Big Horn and Valley counties.
The BLM will hold a series of
scoping meetings February 22 through March 3, 2005.
The meetings are designed to
give the public an opportunity to identify natural resource concerns
and alternative management for resources.
"We want the public to help us
establish management goals and planning issues so we can decide what
actions will best maintain and protect resource values on BLM-managed
land within the Miles City Field Office planning area," said BLM Miles
City Field Office Manager Dave McIlnay.
Meeting dates and locations are
The period for scoping officially
begins February 4th and ends March 5th. In addition to the scoping
meetings, scoping comments can also be submitted on the web at: http://www.milescityrmp.com,
or in writing to: Miles City RMP Comments, P.O. Box 219, Miles City, MT
- February 22, Baker: The
Garage (19 W Montana Ave), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- February 23, Ashland:
Public School multipurpose meeting room, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- February 23, Broadus:
Community Center, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- February 24, Terry: USDA
Service Center, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- February 28, Jordan: VFW
Hall, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- March 1, Sidney: Public
Library, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- March 1, Glendive: Carney
Conference Center, Gabert Clinic, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- March 2, Billings:
Student Union Building, Montana State University, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- March 3, Miles City: Room
106, Miles Community College, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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