The South Dakota Field Office (SDFO) is in the process of responding to public comments that were received during the public scoping period that ended on September 11, 2013.   Changes and edits to the Final RMP/EIS are being completed at this time.  The SDFO expects to release a Final RMP/EIS in the Fall or Winter of 2014.  Prior to release of the Final RMP/EIS, a Governors consistency review will be held along with review by the Montana/Dakotas BLM and the BLM's Washington Office Staff. 

When the RMP/EIS is released to the public, a Notice of Availability will appear in the Federal Register.  A 30 day protest period will be held starting on the date of the release of the Final RMP/EIS.  A Record of Decision will be issued once protests are addressed.  A Record of Decision is expected to be issued three to four months after the end of the protest period.