FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News Release No. FDO-090408
Contact: Doug Stockdale, 907-474-2264 Date: 09/04/2008
BLM-Alaska Releases Record of Decision for
Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Resource Management Plan
FAIRBANKS, AK – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Resource Management Plan (RMP). The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula planning area includes 11.9 million acres of BLM-administered public land and mineral estate in northwest Alaska.
The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula Approved RMP is essentially the same as Alternative D in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, published in September 2007. The BLM received six protests to the Proposed RMP. The BLM determined that four of the parties who submitted protests had standing and the BLM Director resolved their protests without requiring significant changes to decisions in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. Modifications and clarifications to the proposed plan are outlined in the Record of Decision.
The ROD and Approved RMP include a decision requiring that air taxi operators and transporters to obtain commercial permits to operate in the Squirrel River Special Recreation Management Area. This decision is an implementation decision and as such, may be appealed under the Department of Interior’s appeal regulations (43 CFR Part 4). Any party adversely affected by this decision may appeal within 30 days of publication of the NOA for the ROD in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 4.4.
The Kobuk-Seward Peninsula planning documents are available online at www.blm.gov/ak
and at the BLM Fairbanks District Office at 1150 University Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709-3844. For more information about the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula ROD and Approved RMP, contact Jeanie Cole at the BLM Fairbanks District Office at (907) 474-2340.
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 80.8 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.