Author Topic: Helena National Forest; Montana; Divide Travel Plan EIS  (Read 1503 times)

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Helena National Forest; Montana; Divide Travel Plan EIS
« on: September 08, 2011, 03:29:13 am »
SUMMARY: The Helena National Forest is preparing an Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of proposed changes to
the existing motorized public access routes and prohibitions within the
Divide travel planning area for wheeled and over-snow motorized
vehicles. Consistent with Forest Service travel planning regulations,
the designated wheeled motorized routes within the Divide Travel
Planning Area will be displayed on a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and
made available to the public free of charge. Upon publishing the MVUM,
public use of wheeled motor vehicles other than in accordance with
designations would be prohibited.

DATES: Comments received as a result of the December 2008 scoping for
the Divide Environmental Assessment will be included when compiling the
comments received during this scoping process established by this
Notice of Intent and do not need to be re-submitted. However, commenter
will need to express interest during the upcoming Draft EIS 45 day
comment period to participate in subsequent administrative review. Any
new or additional comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be
received by October 11, 2011
. The draft environmental impact statement
is expected October 2011 and the final environmental impact statement
is expected mid winter 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to the Helena National Forest, ATTN:
Divide Travel Plan; 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602. Comments may
also be sent via e-mail to:, or via
facsimile to 406-449-5436 with ``Divide Travel Plan'' in the subject
    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 be provided prior to the close of
the comment period and 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: Lori Wood, Helena District Ranger or
Jaime Tompkins, Divide Travel Plan Interdisciplinary Team Leader at the
Helena National Forest Supervisor's Office located at 2880 Skyway
Drive, Helena, MT 59602, phone 406-449-5201 or at the HNF Web page at
    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.


Purpose and Need for Action

    The overall objective of this proposal is to provide a manageable
system of designated public motorized access routes and areas within
the Divide area, consistent with and to achieve the purposes of Forest
Service travel management regulations at 36 CFR part 212 subpart B. The
existing system of available public motor vehicle routes and areas in
the Divide area is the culmination of multiple agency decisions over
recent decades. Public motor vehicle use of the majority of this
available system continues to be manageable and consistent with the
current travel management regulation. Exceptions have been identified,
based on public input and the criteria listed at 36 CFR 212.55, and in
these cases changes are proposed to meet the overall objectives.

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