The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Missoula Field Office is revising its 31-year-old resource management plan (RMP) for the Missoula planning area. This document will guide land management actions on approximately 162,000 acres of public lands and 200,000 acres of federal mineral interests within nine counties of western Montana.
The RMP will be supported by National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis in an environmental impact statement (EIS). Specifically, the BLM will analyze the effects of proposed management decisions under one EIS. Currently, the Field Office is operating under the Garnet Resource Area RMP approved in 1986, as amended.
The RMP will focus on BLM-managed surface lands in Missoula, Granite, and Powell counties with additional sub-surface mineral estate in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Ravalli, and Sanders counties. About 99% of the BLM-surface managed lands are within Missoula, Granite and Powell counties. See the maps section of this website for an overview of the planning area.