Winnemucca, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Availability of the Winnemucca District Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) in the Federal Register on September 6, 2013. The publication of the Notice of Availability opens a 30-day public protest period that will close on October 7, 2013.
A new resource management plan (RMP) would replace two outdated Management Framework Plans approved in 1982 and amended in 1999. A new RMP is needed because the existing plans do not satisfactorily address new and emerging resource issues related to landscape health, energy and mineral development, grazing management, recreation, access and transportation (including off-highway vehicle use), visual resource management, lands with wilderness characteristics and protection of Greater Sage-grouse habitat. When issued, a Record of Decision will guide the management of the BLM activities on about 7.4 million acres of agency-administered public lands and minerals in Humboldt and Pershing counties, and in portions of Washoe, Churchill and Lyon counties.
The BLM developed and analyzed four land use management alternatives in the PRMP/FEIS document. Based on the analysis in the FEIS, public comments received on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS, changes in BLM policy and guidance, input from Cooperating Agencies, and input from the interdisciplinary team and district management, the BLM has selected a modified Preferred Alternative D. This Preferred Alternative balances resource uses and environmental protection and best fulfills the agency’s statutory mission and responsibilities as required under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and complies with requirements of the BLM planning regulations.
The PRMP/FEIS is available on the Winnemucca District’s web page: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/rmp.html
Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the PRMP/FEIS may be found in the “Dear Reader” Letter of the Winnemucca District PRMP/FEIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the BLM Director (210), Attn: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, D.C. 20024-1383. Overnight deliveries should be mailed to 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003. Emailed and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period.
Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For further information and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Zwaantje Rorex, RMP Team Lead, at (775) 623-1727 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.