How to Comment

Submitting Comments about the Draft Plan/DEIS

You may comment about the Draft Plan/DEIS in several ways. The preferred method is electronically.

Due to the high level of interest, the usual forest plan revision inbox will NOT be used as it cannot handle the number of emails that are expected. 

  • Postal Mail Comments Submission

Forest Plan Revision
Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest
2880 Skyway Dr.
Helena, MT  59602

  • Faxed Comments Submission  


Comments on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest (HLC NF) Draft Plan and DEIS must be received or postmarked within 90 days of the Federal Register's publication of the Notice of Availability of the documents. It is important to provide your comments at such times and manners to be useful to the preparation of the HLC NF final revised plan and final environmental impact statement. Therefore, provide comments prior to the close of the comment period, and clearly state your concerns and contentions. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to participate in subsequent administrative or judicial reviews. The comment period goes from June 8, 2018 to September 6, 2018. COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED! The comment period has been extended to October 9, 2018.

The decision to approve the revised forest plan for the HLC NF will be subject to the objection process identified in 36 CFR Part 219 Subpart B (219.50 to 219.62). The Forest Supervisor will be the deciding official (36 CFR 219.56(e)(2)) for the revised plan, and accordingly, the Regional Forester will be the reviewing officer.

Only those individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to the HLC NF plan revision during the opportunities provided for public comment will be eligible to file an objection (36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 219.53(a)).

Submitting Comments for SCC

Please submit your comments on the HLC NF SCC using the same process and timeframes that the HLC NF has established for commenting on their proposed action. The HLC NF will forward your SCC comments to the Regional Forester. The Regional Forester will determine how to incorporate your comments. Please note the Regional Forester must use best available scientific information to identify SCC.

Because the Regional Forester identified SCC for the HLC NF, the Chief of the Forest Service, or his delegation, will be the reviewing officer for objections or parts of objections received specific to the identification of SCC (36 CFR 219.56(e)(2)).

Questions and Other submission information

If you have questions about commenting, please contact Deb Entwistle at 406-449-5201.

When commenting, we ask you to please be specific (refer to a specific standard, guideline, paragraph, page, etc.) and include supporting rationale. This will help the team as they analyze the comments.

Below are blank comment forms you may use: