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02/12/2020 11:53:53 MST
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The BLM is releasing the Missoula Proposed Resource Management Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (Proposed Plan) on November 22, 2019 with publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.  The Proposed Plan provides management goals, objectives, and direction for about 163,000 acres of surface lands primarily in the Missoula, Granite and Powell counties; and approximately 250,000 acres of subsurface lands in Flathead, Granite, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, and Sanders Counties
 
 
 
Key Points
-  The BLM modified the plan in response to public comments and internal review of the Draft RMP/DEIS; these changes are reflected in the Final EIS/Proposed Plan.  The Final EIS includes three alternatives and a sub-alternative -- the No Action Alternative (1986 plan), Alternative B modified based on public comment, Alternative C and sub-alternative C.  Sub-alternatves are variations of an action alternative that would modifiy an individual component of the alternative to explore how these changes would alter certain outcomes.  The BLM developed this sub-alternative in response to public comments.  

- The Proposed Plan is comprised mostly of the modified Alternative B, with a few components of the other alternatives including Backcountry Conservation Areas and a Research Natural Area.   The Proposed Plan emphasizes recreation (hunting, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking, river-related, and Garnet Ghost Town), special status species and big game habitat management, timber products, and fire resiliency through more active vegetation management. 

- The BLM conducted early engagement in Endangered Species Act consultation and is closely coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

-  The public may protest the Proposed Plan starting February 14, 2020 and ending March 16, 2020