Notice of Availability of the Lewistown Proposed Resource Management Plan and Associated Final Environmental Impact Statement, Montana, 8607-8608 [2020-02881]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 31 / Friday, February 14, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMTB010–L16100000–DQ0000] Notice of Availability of the Missoula Proposed Resource Management Plan and Associated Final Environmental Impact Statement, Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Missoula Field Office has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for BLM public lands and resources managed by the Missoula Field Office, and by this notice is announcing the opening of the protest period. DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed RMP. To ensure that protests will be considered, the BLM must receive any protests on the Proposed RMP on or before the 30th day following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS are available at the Missoula Field Office, 3255 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804, or may be viewed online at: https:// go.usa.gov/xmyyG. All protests on the Proposed RMP must be in writing and submitted by any of the following methods: Website: https://go.usa.gov/xmyyG. Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024–1383. Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maggie Ward, RMP Project Manager, Missoula Field Office, telephone: (406) 329–3914, and at the mailing address and website listed earlier. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact Ms. Ward during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Feb 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Missoula Proposed RMP provides a single, comprehensive land use plan that guides management of BLM lands on approximately 163,000 acres of BLMmanaged public lands and 267,000 acres of Federal mineral estate in western Montana in Flathead, Granite, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, and Sanders counties. Over 99 percent of the BLM-managed public lands are in Granite, Missoula and Powell counties. The planning area is currently managed under the Garnet Resource Area RMP (1986). This planning effort would update management guidance from the Garnet Resource Area RMP, as amended, and create a new Missoula RMP. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS evaluates three alternatives in detail. Alternative A is the No Action Alternative, which is a continuation of current management in the existing Garnet Resource Area RMP (1986). The agency Proposed Plan alternative is Alternative B, with a few modifications, including the addition of three Backcountry Conservation Areas (BCAs) and one Research Natural Area (RNA). Alternative B focuses on active forest management and allows for the broadest range of management tools to provide forest products and meet forest management objectives. Alternative B provides for moving forest vegetative communities to the natural range of variability to provide for priority wildlife habitat and sustainable forest products at a greater rate with increased forest treatments. Alternative B allows more lands to be available for livestock grazing as a management tool. The Proposed Plan focuses on recreation opportunities, including some Special Recreation Management Areas and Backcountry Conservation Areas. Alternative C emphasizes priority areas for wildlife habitat and vegetation, while allowing for modest development of forest resources. Alternative C aims to move forested ecosystems towards the natural range of variability with an emphasis on natural processes and less active management (lower amounts of forest treatments). Alternative C focuses on wildlife-dependent recreation. The Missoula Draft RMP/Draft EIS public comment period began on May 17, 2019, and ended on August 15, 2019. The BLM held one public open house meeting in Missoula, Montana, during the public comment period on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. The BLM considered and incorporated in the proposed plan, as appropriate, PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8607 comments received from the public, cooperating agencies and internal BLM review. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. (Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 1610.2) John Mehlhoff, State Director. [FR Doc. 2020–02880 Filed 2–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMTL060–L16100000–DQ0000] Notice of Availability of the Lewistown Proposed Resource Management Plan and Associated Final Environmental Impact Statement, Montana Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lewistown and Butte Field Offices have prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for BLM public lands and resources managed by the Lewistown Field Office, and a portion of the Butte Field Office in northern Lewis and Clark County, Montana, and by this notice are announcing the opening of the protest period. DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed RMP. To ensure that protests will be considered, the BLM must receive any protests on the Proposed RMP on or before the 30th day following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS are available at the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 8608 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 31 / Friday, February 14, 2020 / Notices Lewistown Field Office, 920 NE Main Street, Lewistown, MT 59457, or may be viewed online at: https://go.usa.gov/ xUPsP. All protests on the Proposed RMP must be in writing and submitted by any of the following methods: Website: https://go.usa.gov/xUPsP. Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024–1383. Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Brunkhorst, RMP Project Manager, Lewistown Field Office, at telephone: (406) 538–1981, and at the mailing address and website listed earlier. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 to contact Mr. Brunkhorst during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lewistown Proposed RMP provides a single, comprehensive land use plan that guides management of BLM lands on approximately 651,200 acres of BLMmanaged public lands and 1,196,800 acres of Federal mineral estate in central Montana in Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher, Petroleum, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau, and Lewis and Clark counties. These lands and minerals are managed by two BLM offices located in Lewistown and Butte, Montana. The RMP will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by NEPA, FLPMA, and BLM management policies. The RMP will reflect the changing needs of the planning area over the next several decades, and will replace the current Headwaters and Judith RMPs, as amended, that were developed in 1984 and 1994, respectively. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS evaluates four alternatives in detail. Alternative A is the No Action Alternative, which is a continuation of current management direction in the existing Judith and Headwaters RMPs. Alternative B emphasizes managing habitats for priority plant, wildlife, and fish species while providing modest development of resource uses. Alternative B emphasizes hunting, fishing, and other recreation through Backcountry Conservation Areas (BCAs) and management of lands with wilderness characteristics. The agency Proposed Plan alternative is Alternative C with a few VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Feb 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 modifications, including the addition of two BCAs and two Areas of Critical Environmental Concerns (ACECs), and adjustments to oil and gas stipulations to be consistent with surrounding BLM field offices. Alternative C emphasizes resource uses on BLM-administered lands and mineral estate targeting social and economic outcomes while protecting land health. The Proposed Plan employs fewer special management designations for resource-use objectives, but does emphasize wildlife-dependent recreation through the allocation of two BCAs. Alternative D emphasizes resource uses and a variety of management prescriptions (e.g., recreation management areas, ACECs, Visual Resource Management, etc.) to address the use and conservation of natural and cultural resources, while sustaining and enhancing forest and range health across the landscape. The Lewistown Draft RMP/Draft EIS public comment period began on May 17, 2019, and ended on August 15, 2019. The BLM held three public open house meetings in Winnett, Lewistown, and Great Falls, Montana, during the public comment period on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. The BLM considered and incorporated in the proposed plan, as appropriate, comments received from the public, cooperating agencies and internal BLM review. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your protest, be aware that your entire protest—including your personally identifiable information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. (Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 1610.2) Theresa M. Hanley, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. 2020–02881 Filed 2–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY921000, L71220000.EU0000, LVTFK1999070, 20X, WYW165375] Notice of Realty Action: NonCompetitive (Direct) Sale of Public Land in Big Horn County, Wyoming (Paint Rock) Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of realty action. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes a noncompetitive (direct) sale of 58.54 acres of public land in Big Horn County, Wyoming, to Paint Rock Angus Ranch, Inc., for the purpose of resolving an inadvertent unauthorized use of public lands. The non-competitive, direct sale will be subject to the applicable provisions of the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), and BLM regulations. The sale will be for no less than the appraised fair market value (FMV) of $40,000. SUMMARY: Submit written comments regarding the sale parcel and associated Environmental Assessment (EA) until March 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: Mail written comments concerning this direct sale to Field Manager, BLM, Worland Field Office, 101 South 23rd Street, Worland, Wyoming 82401. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Connie Craft, Realty Specialist, BLM, Worland Field Office, at the above address, telephone: 307–347–5233, email: c75craft@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with Ms. Craft. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following-described public land in Big Horn County, Wyoming, has been examined and found suitable for sale under the authority of Section 203 of the FLPMA: DATES: Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming T. 50 N., R. 90 W., Sec. 34, Parcel A; Sec. 35, Parcel A. The areas described aggregate 58.54 acres. The sale is in conformance with the BLM Worland Approved Resource Management Plan (September 18, 2015), which identifies these parcels of public Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 31 (Friday, February 14, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8607-8608]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLMTL060-L16100000-DQ0000]


Notice of Availability of the Lewistown Proposed Resource 
Management Plan and Associated Final Environmental Impact Statement, 
Montana

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
Lewistown and Butte Field Offices have prepared a Proposed Resource 
Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for BLM public lands and resources managed by the 
Lewistown Field Office, and a portion of the Butte Field Office in 
northern Lewis and Clark County, Montana, and by this notice are 
announcing the opening of the protest period.

DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the 
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's 
Proposed RMP. To ensure that protests will be considered, the BLM must 
receive any protests on the Proposed RMP on or before the 30th day 
following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its 
Notice of Availability of the Final EIS in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS are available at 
the

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Lewistown Field Office, 920 NE Main Street, Lewistown, MT 59457, or may 
be viewed online at: https://go.usa.gov/xUPsP.
    All protests on the Proposed RMP must be in writing and submitted 
by any of the following methods:
    Website: https://go.usa.gov/xUPsP.
    Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, 
P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383.
    Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest 
Coordinator, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Brunkhorst, RMP Project Manager, 
Lewistown Field Office, at telephone: (406) 538-1981, and at the 
mailing address and website listed earlier. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay 
Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact Mr. Brunkhorst during normal 
business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to 
leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal 
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lewistown Proposed RMP provides a 
single, comprehensive land use plan that guides management of BLM lands 
on approximately 651,200 acres of BLM-managed public lands and 
1,196,800 acres of Federal mineral estate in central Montana in 
Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher, Petroleum, Pondera, Teton, 
Chouteau, and Lewis and Clark counties. These lands and minerals are 
managed by two BLM offices located in Lewistown and Butte, Montana. The 
RMP will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by NEPA, FLPMA, 
and BLM management policies. The RMP will reflect the changing needs of 
the planning area over the next several decades, and will replace the 
current Headwaters and Judith RMPs, as amended, that were developed in 
1984 and 1994, respectively.
    The Proposed RMP/Final EIS evaluates four alternatives in detail. 
Alternative A is the No Action Alternative, which is a continuation of 
current management direction in the existing Judith and Headwaters 
RMPs.
    Alternative B emphasizes managing habitats for priority plant, 
wildlife, and fish species while providing modest development of 
resource uses. Alternative B emphasizes hunting, fishing, and other 
recreation through Backcountry Conservation Areas (BCAs) and management 
of lands with wilderness characteristics.
    The agency Proposed Plan alternative is Alternative C with a few 
modifications, including the addition of two BCAs and two Areas of 
Critical Environmental Concerns (ACECs), and adjustments to oil and gas 
stipulations to be consistent with surrounding BLM field offices. 
Alternative C emphasizes resource uses on BLM-administered lands and 
mineral estate targeting social and economic outcomes while protecting 
land health. The Proposed Plan employs fewer special management 
designations for resource-use objectives, but does emphasize wildlife-
dependent recreation through the allocation of two BCAs.
    Alternative D emphasizes resource uses and a variety of management 
prescriptions (e.g., recreation management areas, ACECs, Visual 
Resource Management, etc.) to address the use and conservation of 
natural and cultural resources, while sustaining and enhancing forest 
and range health across the landscape.
    The Lewistown Draft RMP/Draft EIS public comment period began on 
May 17, 2019, and ended on August 15, 2019. The BLM held three public 
open house meetings in Winnett, Lewistown, and Great Falls, Montana, 
during the public comment period on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS. The BLM 
considered and incorporated in the proposed plan, as appropriate, 
comments received from the public, cooperating agencies and internal 
BLM review.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personally identifiable information in your protest, be aware 
that your entire protest--including your personally identifiable 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

(Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 1610.2)

Theresa M. Hanley,
Acting State Director.
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