For Immediate Release News Release No. FDO-092807
Doug Stockdale, 907-474-2264 Date: 9/28/07
BLM Releases Kobuk-Seward Peninsula
Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is releasing the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (Proposed RMP/Final EIS) after 3.5 years of planning efforts and extensive involvement with residents of the area.
The Proposed RMP will provide management guidance for resource decisions on approximately 11.9 million acres of BLM-administered public land in northwest Alaska. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS considered and analyzed four alternatives including a No-Action and a Preferred alternative. The alternatives provided an array of variable levels of commodity production and resource protection and restoration.
The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/Final EIS is available in print and on compact disc. Copies of the document are being mailed to an extensive list of individuals and agencies that participated in the planning process. Copies are also available by contacting Jeanie Cole via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone at 907-474-2340, or by writing to: BLM Fairbanks District Office, Kobuk-Seward Peninsula PRMP/FEIS, 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709-3844. The document will also be posted on the internet at:
Any person who participated in the planning process, and has an interest that is or may be adversely affected, may protest the BLM’s approval of the proposed final RMP/EIS. Protests must be filed within 30 days of the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Instructions for filing protests are included in the Dear Reader letter of the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Proposed RMP/FEIS and on the Web site.
The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages 258 million surface acres — more land than any other federal agency. Most of this public land is in 12 Western states, including 83.5 million surface acres in Alaska. The Bureau also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.