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« on: October 10, 2012, 02:53:48 am »

Helena National Forest; Montana; Blackfoot Travel Plan EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Corrected Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact
statement for the Blackfoot Travel Plan. The original notice was
published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 (FR Doc. 2010-
27353, page 66718-66719) and a corrected notice was published on
November 26, 2010 (FR Doc. 2010-29772, page 72784-72785).

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SUMMARY: The Helena National Forest (HNF) is submitting a corrected
Notice of Intent (NOI) in regard to the Blackfoot Travel Plan
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is being prepared. This NOI
includes the correction of the previous Blackfoot Travel Plan NOI and
includes a new alternative, alternative 3 and a potential programmatic
plan amendment to the Helena National Forest Plan regarding the
standard for elk hiding cover/open road density index. The plan
amendment would be signed as a separate decision to the Blackfoot
Travel Plan EIS. The proposed programmatic plan amendment would
establish a new standard for elk security for the herd units located
within the project area. As a result, HNF Forest Plan Standard 4a would
be amended as it relates to the Blackfoot travel planning area. This
programmatic plan amendment was not explicitly stated in the previous
two Federal Register notices. All other aspects of the proposal are the
same as those described in the previous Federal Register notices. The
Helena National Forest is preparing an EIS to analyze the effects of
proposed changes to existing motorized public access routes and
prohibitions within the Blackfoot travel planning area. Consistent with
Forest Service travel planning regulations, the resulting available
public motorized access routes and areas would be designated on a Motor
Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Upon publishing the MVUM, public use of a motor
vehicle other than in accordance with those designations would be
prohibited.


DATES: The Draft EIS is currently being prepared and will consider
public scoping comments that have been received to date; all previous
comments on this project will be retained and considered. The Draft EIS
will include more details regarding the programmatic plan amendment and
alternative 3 and will be available for public comment and review in
January of 2013, with a Final EIS expected in July of 2013. At this
time, there is no formal notice and comment period that will provide
the commenter appeal rights, but comments specific to this new
information are welcome and will be fully considered.

ADDRESSES: Comments can be sent to the Helena National Forest Lincoln
Ranger District, 1569 Hwy 200 Lincoln, MT 59639. Comments may also be
sent via email to comments-northern-helena-lincoln@fs.fed.us, or via
facsimile to 406-362-4253. Please indicate the name ``Blackfoot Travel
Plan'' in the subject line of your email. It is important that
reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a way that
they are useful to the Agency's preparation of the EIS. Therefore,
comments should clearly articulate the reviewer's concerns and
contentions
. Comments received in response to this solicitation,
including names and addresses of those who comment, will become part of
the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted
anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous
comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the
respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amber Kamps, Lincoln District Ranger,
1569 Hwy 200, Lincoln, MT 59639, (406) 362-7002 or at the Helena
National Forest Web page at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=30899. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through
Friday.

For the full notice with specific details...  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/html/2012-24880.htm
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