The U.S. Forest Service office in Butte is seeking public comment about a proposal to haul ore and other mining services on forest service roads in the Highlands Mountains near Butte.
The proposal was submitted by the Butte Highland Joint Venture who hopes to start mining gold on private land in the Highlands.
The proposal for hauling the mining ore includes three options.
The first option includes hauling ore on Highland Road and going westward towards Feely.
The second would use Roosevelt Drive to Highway 2 and the third option is taking no action at all.
The Forest Service wants the public to submit their opinions about the possible hauling options.
"What we've tried to do, at least with this analysis, is look at the direct and indirect effects of those environmental concerns and social concerns about traversing through the national forest with ore," said Dave Sabo with the Forest Service in Butte.
Public comment will be accepted through April 7.
You can submit your opinions to the U.S. Forest Service office in Butte.