Outdoor enthusiasts in Southwest Montana have an opportunity to develop a new shared-use trail system near Whitehall that will provide an outstanding singletrack experience for hiking, biking and equestrian use. The Butte Office of the BLM is conducting an Environmental Assessment in Jefferson County. As a component of this assessment, scoping comments are being solicited from the public for the proposal known as the Doherty Mountain Trails.
The BLM portion of Doherty is about 6 square miles in area. Vertical relief from the Boulder River to Doherty summit is about 2,000 feet. The trail system will leave many parts of the Doherty area untouched and wild. The proposed 28-mile singletrack network is non-motorized, shared use (hikers, hunters, runners, horse riding, and bicycling) to be constructed with modern trail design practices emphasizing sustainability and minimizing maintenance.
The Montana Mountain Bike Alliance is urging bicyclists to send emails or write letters to the Butte Office of the BLM in support of the trails proposal. Please review the proposal and comment.
The trail proposal can be found here. The map can be found here.
Please consider using the following talking points:
Other comments are welcome. Comments should be specific and reference concerns such as resource issues, data sources, or alternatives to be considered.
Send letters by February 15th to:
Butte Field Office
c/o Michael O'Brien
Butte, MT 59701
Or email: email@example.com subject line: Jefferson County SE scoping comment
For comments to be considered, you must include your name, address, phone number, or email address. Your entire comment including personal information may be made publicly available at any time. You may ask the BLM to withhold identifying information.