Below is the letter I received as an “Interested Party”
In Reply Refer To: 4700 (MTC01)
Dear Interested Party:
United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101 http://www.blm.gov/montana-dakotas
The Billings Field Office is initiating public scoping and encouraging input on a Joint Management Area Plan (JMAP) for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The planning area includes public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service which comprise the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.
Implementation of a Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) or a Joint Management Area Plan (JMAP) is consistent with the authority provided in 43 CFR 4700 and the 1971 Wild Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA). The JMAP is needed to manage wild horses within the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Joint Management Area to maintain the wild horse herd as a self-sustaining population of healthy animals in balance with other uses and the productive capacity of their habitat and attain the objectives outlined in the Billings Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan.
The Billings Field Office will begin accepting public scoping comments regarding long and short-term management objectives for an updated Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Joint Management Area Plan (JMAP) through the ePlanning website at http://eplanning.blm.gov . Public comments will be considered in the development of an Environmental Assessment that will be prepared to analyze and recommend a decision regarding long and short-term management actions for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
Substantive comments and recommendations should focus on long and short-term herd and habitat management objectives and goals. Please refer to the Preliminary Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Joint Management Area Plan on the ePlanning website at http://eplanning.blm.gov for the preliminary plan. Examples of substantive input includes comments regarding:
- Population control, method and techniques, sex ratios and growth rates.
- Removal criteria such as characteristics and age structure.
- Achieving appropriate management levels for the attainment of a thriving natural
- Maintenance of existing developments.
- Healthy populations of wild horses including her characteristics and age structure.
Electronic comments may only be submitted via e-Planning however, if you prefer to submit hard copy comments you can mail to:
Preliminary Pryor Mountain Joint Management Area Plan can be found at: BLM e-Planning website – https://eplanning.blm.gov
Click “Text Search”
Click “Advanced Search” in the NEPA #: Type DOI-BLM-MT-C010-0004-EA
Click “Comment on Document”
Mail: Billings Field Office 5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101-4669
The BLM will consider any substantive comments and include 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.
Comments must be submitted no later than close of business on Friday, May 15, 2020 in order to be considered. If you have questions, please contact Jerrie Bertola at (406) 896-5223.
Field Manager Billings Field Office
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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All comments must be submitted by May 15, 2020. You can submit on line or via mail.
When commenting, please remain courteous and try to back up your comments with educated reasons.