IN REPLY TO: 9214
United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
Dear Interested Party,
The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (PMWHR) Prescribed Fire Environmental Assessment (EA) DOI-BLM-MT-010-2010-0047 and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available for a 30 day public review and comment period. The documents will be available at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Billings Field Office (BiFO) website at http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/billings_field_office.html. The comment period will be conducted beginning September 25, 2013 and ending on October 24, 2013
This EA is tiered to the PMWHR/Territory EA (MT-010-08-24) and Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) May 2009. This tiered EA has been prepared to analyze the impacts associated with wild horses and other resources from implementing prescribed fire on portions of 6,200 acres of the PMWHR. The analysis from the HMAP is incorporated by reference. All other impacts and affected environment are already described and analyzed in the HMAP and subsequent FONSI and Decision Record (DR). These documents are available at http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/billings_field_office/wildhorses/pryorherd.html
Comments about the EA or unsigned FONSI can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or at the letterhead address by close of business October 24, 2013. To best ensure your comments are received, they can be sent in a written form and mailed or hand delivered to the Billings Field Office. The BLM will consider any substantive comments and revise the EA or FONSI as appropriate. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Thank you for your interest in the management of the PMWHR by the Billings Field Office. If you have any questions concerning the EA or unsigned FONSI, please contact Jared Bybee, Montana/Dakotas State Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at (406) 896-5223 or Craig Howells, Fuels Specialist, at (406) 896-2971.
James M. Sparks Billings Field Manager
I read through the document and will read it again. But I do feel that this will benefit the range and the horses. Click RANGE to view that document.
I have experienced forest health on a small-scale and have seen the benefits of it. We live on 40 acres in a forest area, bordering 30,000 acres of State Forest Land. For the last several years, we have received a grant to do clean-up of our land and make it more fire safe. I have seen the benefits from doing this work. Just to name a few:
1. The trees left are healthier and more resistant to disease and pine beetles.
2. The native grasses are able to grow thicker.
3. If there is a wildfire, our land, home and animals will be safer.
While hiking on the range, I have encountered many areas so thick with dead, downed trees and bushes, that it is impossible for anything or anyone to walk through it (except maybe a squirrel).
I encourage you to take the time to read and submit your comment by October 24, 2013.