The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) has released a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to the 2009 Forest Plan and is seeking public comment. This draft SEIS evaluates the effect of not including temporary roads in Open Motorized Road and Trail Density goals on Forest Plan EIS issues.
The 90 day comment period began March 14, 2014. Written comments may be submitted to Melany Glossa, BDNF, 420 Barrett Street, Dillon, MT. Electronic comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc or .docx), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), and hypertext markup language (.html) to: email@example.com. Please include “BDNF Forest Plan Draft SEIS” in the subject line of emails for comments submitted electronically.
If you need additional information about the Draft SEIS, contact Jan Bowey at (406) 842-5432.
This year is the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson. The act established the country's National Wilderness Preservation System. So, on Sept. 3, 2014 lovers of wildlands will celebrate the landmark event that made history.
Today, America boasts 758 wilderness areas covering almost 110 million acres. The Forest Servcie alone manages 440 wilderness areas. They make up a third of the entire National Forest System.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest contains portions of both the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The Anaconda Wilderness was designated by Congress as part of the 1964 Act; the Forest Service had previously designated it as Wilderness in 1962. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1983.