Meeting with BLM staff before filing an application is not required, but it is strongly encouraged because it can save time and expense. Applicants can discuss and describe their proposals in person and in detail, and the BLM can explain how applications are processed and what information is necessary.
Reviewing the application form SF-299 before the meeting familiarizes someone planning to apply for a ROW with the topics s/he can expect to discuss during the meeting. A filled-out form may be brought to the meeting, may be filled out during the meeting, or submitted later, if additional time is needed to complete it.
A map of the project area can be helpful during the meeting and is required in Item 8 of the application form. The BLM realty specialist or land law examiner will explain the fee schedules associated with ROW proposals, potential safety issues, work schedules, and other specifics of the application.
The meeting may take place at the site of the proposed ROW or in the BLM Field Office that has jurisdiction over the lands involved in the proposal.
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