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Lander RMP Revision

February 13, 2007
Contact: Carol-Anne Murray
307-332-8448 

BLM Seeks Input on Lander RMP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Lander Field Office, is asking the public to provide resource information, issues, and concerns as the agency begins the process of revising the Lander Resource Management Plan (RMP). As part of this project, a supporting environmental impact statement is also being prepared. The 60-day comment period will open on Feb.13 and close on April 16, 2007.

The Lander RMP was approved in June 1987, and several updates have occurred since that time. Current RMP decisions are on the Lander Field Office web site, http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Lander/lfoplan.html

The revised RMP, referred to as the Lander RMP, is being developed to provide future direction for managing approximately 2.5 million acres of public surface land and 2.7 million acres of federal mineral estate lands in central Wyoming. The planning area includes most of Fremont County, and smaller portions of Natrona, Sweetwater, Carbon, and Hot Springs Counties, Wyoming.

An integral component of the Lander RMP development process is public involvement. This request for public input is the first opportunity for local interests and residents to participate and share their insights and comments. As BLM proceeds with the planning effort, additional opportunities for public participation will be provided.

Emerging issues and changing laws necessitate preparation of the Lander RMP. The major issues are 1) energy and mineral resource exploration and development, including consistency with the National Energy policy; 2) access to and transportation on BLM lands; 3) recreation and off-highway vehicle (OHV) management; 4) wildlife habitat and management of crucial habitat and migration corridors; 5) management and the cumulative effect of land uses and human activities on threatened, endangered, candidate, and sensitive species and their habitats; 6) vegetation management, including impacts of invasive non-native species; 7) management of cultural and paleontological resources, including national historic trails; 8) landownership adjustments; 9) fire management and consistency with the National Fire Plan; 10) livestock grazing; 11) visual resource management; 12) potential establishment of special management areas; 13) air and water quality; and 14) wind energy management. The BLM is requesting the help of the public in identifying additional issues to be addressed in the planning effort.

To assure that the best available information is used in completing the Lander RMP revision, BLM is requesting public input of any available resource information or data relevant to this planning area.

Other opportunities to provide public input, including public scoping meetings, will be announced by BLM through mailings, e-mail postings, and other media during the scoping process.

Written comments and resource information submitted by mail should be sent to the BLM Lander Field Office, Attention Carol-Anne Murray, RMP Project Manager, 1335 Main St., Lander, Wyoming 82520. Electronic comments may be sent to lrmp_wymail@blm.gov. For more information or to have your name added to the RMP mailing list, contact Carol-Anne Murray at 307-332-8400.

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