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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest Plan Revision #44589

Commenting on This Project

The notice of opportunity to object to the revised land management plan and list of species of conservation concern for the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest was printed in the Federal Register on May 21, 2020. During this 60-day objection period, individuals or entities with specific concerns about the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest’s revised land management plan and the associated final EIS may file objections for Forest Service review prior to the approval of the revised land management plan. This is also an opportunity to object to the Regional Forester’s list of species of conservation concern (SCC) for the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest. The Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest’s list of species of conservation concern and other supporting information will be available for review at: http://bit.ly/NorthernRegion-SCC.

The publication of the legal notice in the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest’s newspaper of record, the Helena Independent Record, on May 21, 2020, initiated the 60-day objection period and is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection (36 CFR 219.52(c)(5)). That legal notice can be found on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest website.

It is the responsibility of the objector to ensure that the reviewing officer receives the objection in a timely manner. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the objection filing period. As an aid to providing the required information, an objection template can also be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd741655.docx.  This form can be filled out and uploaded into the CARA system below. Please be explicit as to whether the objection is for the land management plan or the species of conservation concern.

An objection must include the following (36 CFR 219.54(c)):

(1) The objector’s name and address along with a telephone number or email address if available. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to an objection, the Forest Service will attempt to verify the identity of the objector to confirm objection eligibility;

(2) Signature or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for electronic mail may be filed with the objection);

(3) Identification of the lead objector, when multiple names are listed on an objection. The Forest Service will communicate to all parties to an objection through the lead objector. Verification of the identity of the lead objector must also be provided if requested;

(4) The name of the plan revision being objected to, and the name and title of the responsible official;

(5) A statement of the issues and/or parts of the plan revision to which the objection applies;

(6) A concise statement explaining the objection and suggesting how the proposed plan decision may be improved. If the objector believes that the plan revision is inconsistent with law, regulation, or policy, an explanation should be included;

(7) A statement that demonstrates the link between the objector’s prior substantive formal comments and the content of the objection, unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the opportunities for formal comment; and

(8) All documents referenced in the objection (a bibliography is not sufficient), except that the following need not be provided:

a. All or any part of a Federal law or regulation,

b. Forest Service Directive System documents and land management plans or other published Forest Service documents,

c. Documents referenced by the Forest Service in the planning documentation related to the proposal subject to objection, and

d. Formal comments previously provided to the Forest Service by the objector during the plan revision comment period.


Newspaper of Record:  Helena Independent Record

Your comments are requested by 7/20/2020.

Option to Submit Comment Electronically

The form below can be used to submit your comments to the responsible project official.

National Forests have the option to post comments for public viewing on this web site via a public reading room. Active reading rooms allow the public to read or download your letter, including your contact information. If this project has an active reading room, a link labeled “Public Comment Reading Room” will appear on the main project page. The agency may withhold letters containing proprietary information, sensitive cultural or habitat locations, profanity, etc. All letters, including those not posted, will be considered and included as part of the project record.

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