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How to get Involved 
The public comment period for the Draft Lewistown Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement ended August 15, 2019.




 
 
 
 

Public Involvement and Comments

The development of an RMP emphasizes a collaborative approach, through which the BLM and the public work together to identify appropriate uses and/or protective measures within the BLM’s multiple use mandate governing the public lands.  The BLM planning regulations provide opportunities for public involvement at specific points in the planning process.  This includes participation in the identification of planning issues (scoping), reviewing and commenting on the draft RMP/draft EIS, and protesting decisions in the proposed RMP/final EIS.  The public is also invited to participate in the environmental analysis associated with subsequent site-specific implementation actions. 


This is an opportunity for you to be involved in the decision-making process of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and to offer your thoughts on alternative ways for the agency to accomplish revising Lewistown's RMP.  Many public land users, organizations, and individuals may want to provide comments to help in the planning effort.  Comments that provide relevant and new information with sufficient detail are most useful and are referred to as substantive comments.  The BLM reviews all comments and identifies the topics that are substantive for consideration in the final published document. 

Substantive comments do one or more of the following:

    -Raise issues BLM has not considered; reinforce issues BLM has already identified

    -Identify additional planning criteria

    -Present information that can be used when developing alternatives

    -Present reasonable alternatives

    -Present information that can be used when BLM considers impacts of alternatives

    -Raise concerns, with reasoning, regarding public land resources within the planning area

    -Raise concerns, with reasoning, regarding uses of public lands within the planning area

    -Recommend specific changes to the landscape or management actions

    -Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of information in a report already created


Why public comments are important:

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Identify additional planning criteria

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Present information that can be used when developing alternatives

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Present reasonable alternatives

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Present information that can be used when BLM considers impacts of alternatives

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Raise concerns, with reasoning, regarding public land resources within the planning area

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Raise concerns, with reasoning, regarding uses of public lands within the planning area

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Recommend specific changes to the landscape or management actions

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Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of information in a report already created

Comments that are not substantive include:

    -Comments in favor of or against an action without any reasoning (such as "I don't like" without providing any rationale)

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Comments that only agree or disagree with BLM policy

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Comments without justification or supporting data (such as "allow more grazing ")

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Comments that don't pertain to the planning area (such as "the government should eliminate all dams throughout the west")

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Comments that take the form of vague, open-ended questions


How Can You Participate in the Process?

The BLM has implemented a collaborative, community-based planning process for the RMP/EIS and public input is critical to its success.  Issues raised through public participation have driven the different management options that are considered in the RMP which will ultimately lead to how BLM public lands are managed.

To submit a comment:
1) Navigate to the "Documents & Reports" page on the left of the web page.
2) Click on the "Comment on Document" button located next to the Draft RMP Draft EIS Volume 1, 2 or 3 document.
3) A new browser window will open. Enter your comment in this form and click the "Next" button in the lower right corer. 
4) On the next page, you cant enter your contact information, if desired. When you are done, click the "next" button in the lower right corner.
5) On the final page, you review your comment submission. If you would like to change anything, click the "previous" button in the lower left corner. If you are ready to submit your comment to BLM, click the "submit"      button in the lower right corner.