The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Roswell Field Office has completed the Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment /Environmental Assessment (RMP Amendment/EA) for the Fort Stanton-Snowy River National Conservation Area (NCA). The Proposed RMP Amendment/EA was prepared by the BLM in consultation with various government agencies and organizations, taking into account public comments received during this planning effort. The purpose of the RMP Amendment is to amend the 1997 Roswell RMP to provide the framework for managing the subsurface and surface resources of the NCA. The need of the Proposed RMP Amendment is to comply with the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11), Subtitle C, Section 2202.
Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process for this Proposed RMP Amendment and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions may protest approval of the planning decisions contained therein. The Proposed RMP Amendment/EA is open for a 30-day protest period beginning August 23, 2013.
For further information on filing a protest, please see the accompanying protest regulations in the pages that follow (labeled as 1 Enclosure). The regulations specify the required elements of your protest. Take care to document all relevant facts. As much as possible, reference or cite the planning documents or available planning records (e.g., meeting minutes or summaries, correspondence, etc.).
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and will afford it full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emailed protests to: Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.
All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses and must be postmarked on or before September 22, 2013.
Attention: Brenda Hudgens-Williams
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, DC 20024-1383
Attention: Brenda Hudgens-Williams
20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM
Washington, DC 20003
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, be advised that your entire protest – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The BLM Director will make every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest.
Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director’s Protest Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions.
Upon resolution of all land use plan protests, the BLM will issue a Decision Record (DR). The DR will be available to all parties at the Roswell Field Office webpage at http://www.blm.gov/nm/roswell.
Unlike land use planning decisions, implementation decisions included in this Proposed RMP Amendment/EA are not subject to protest under the BLM planning regulations, but are subject to an administrative review process, through appeals to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals pursuant to 43 CFR, Part 4 Subpart E. Implementation decisions generally constitute the BLM’s final approval allowing on-the-ground actions to proceed. Where implementation decisions are made as part of the land use planning process, they are still subject to the appeals process or other administrative review as prescribed by specific resource program regulations once the BLM resolves the protests to land use planning decisions and issues a DR.