Friends, we are asking everyone we know to submit comments about the new draft Resource Management Plan prepared for the Lewistown (Montana) District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
This plan will decide how more than 650,000 acres of public lands will be managed for the next 20 to 30 years. It will control the future more than 200,000 acres of wildlands, eight Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), Outstanding Natural Areas, three Wilderness Study Areas and countless acres of critical habitat for mule deer, elk and sage grouse. It is the heart of our country’s last remaining intact grasslands.
BLM’s proposed management (the “preferred” alternative) would open 99 percent of the area to oil and gas leasing. Many of the affected areas are adjacent to or near our beloved Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, and the proposed management changes would undoubtedly change forever the wild experience of the Breaks that we inherited from countless generations of our ancestors.
The deadline for submitting comments to BLM is just days away: Aug. 15.
We have provided talking points and our official comment, as well as the email address for sending comments, on our website here. If you can spare a very small portion of your day, please help us.
Thank you, and the best to all of you.
Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument