East Alaska Proposed Resource Management Plan
The East Alaska Proposed RMP/Final EIS was released in June of 2006, followed by a 30-day protest period. Three protests were received (from Alaska Coalition, City and Borough of Yakutat, and Yakutat-Tlingit Tribe). BLM sent a formal response to each protest. No significant changes were made to the plan as a result of these protests. The State of Alaska protested the RMP through the Governor’s Consistency Review and asked the BLM to revoke the entire withdrawal on the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline/utility corridor to allow those lands to be conveyed to the State. The State and the BLM were able to resolve the Governor’s Consistency Review without taking it through the formal appeal process to the BLM Director in Washington, D.C. The Record of Decision will be signed in July of 2007 and posted in the Federal Register. The ROD/Approved RMP contains route designations that are implementation decisions that may now be appealed in accordance with appeal provisions found in 43 CFR 4.4.