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June 7, 2007

Contact: Lesley A. Collins
307-261-7603

Proposed Casper RMP and Final EIS Available:
Along with Supplemental ACEC Information

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office is releasing the Casper Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) on June 8, 2007, starting a 30-day protest period. The PRMP provides a framework for the future management direction and appropriate use of BLM-administered lands and resources located in most of Natrona County, and all of Converse, Goshen, and Platte counties, Wyoming.

The document was prepared by the BLM in consultation with cooperating agencies, taking into account public comments. The PRMP/FEIS contains responses to public and agency comments received on the Draft RMP/EIS released last year as well as adjustments made as a result of those comments.

Printed copies of the PRMP/FEIS are available for review at the BLM offices in Casper and Cheyenne; public libraries in Casper, Douglas, Torrington, and Wheatland; and libraries at the University of Wyoming, Casper College, and Eastern Wyoming College. The document is also available on the Casper RMP revision website at www.blm.gov/rmp/casper/ with a limited number of printed copies and compact disks (CDs) available on request by emailing CRMP_wymail@blm.gov or calling (307) 261-7600.

A 60-day review and comment period on supplemental information regarding proposed areas of critical environmental concern (ACECs) considered in the Draft RMP and EIS also begins on June 8, 2007. The Draft RMP and EIS including the ACEC information has been available for public review and comment since July 2006, and contains no new information. The BLM is providing the additional 60-day review period to ensure the procedural requirements contained in 43 CFR 1610.7-2 are met. Specifically, these regulations require BLM to specify in a Federal Register notice any resource use limitations which would occur if an ACEC is designated. The 30-day protest period identified above will not be repeated, unless new and significant ACEC-related information is identified and a Supplemental PRMP and FEIS is issued.

PRMP/FEIS Protest Period:

The 30-day protest period ending on July 9, 2007, provides the opportunity for those who participated in the planning process to protest the proposed RMP and associated land use planning decisions. Only those persons or organizations who participated in the planning process may protest. The protesting party may only raise issues submitted during the planning process leading up to the publication of this PRMP. These issues may have been raised by the protesting party or others. New issues may not be raised at the protest stage.

Protests must be submitted in writing to one of the following addresses: Regular Mail -- Director (210), Bureau of Land Management, Attn. Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 66538, Washington, D.C. 20035 or Overnight Mail -- Director (210), Bureau of Land Management, Attn. Brenda Williams, 1620 L Street, N.W., Suite 1075, Washington, D.C. 20036. Critical elements to be included in a protest are listed in the "Dear Reader" letter of the PRMP/FEIS. To be considered timely, protests must be postmarked no later than the July 9 deadline. No extensions will be granted.

ACEC Supplemental Information Comment Period:

Written comments on only the ACEC information presented in the Draft RMP and EIS may be sent to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Linda Slone, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82604. Comments may also be sent by facsimile to 307-261-7587; or submitted electronically at the Casper RMP website at http://www.blm.gov/rmp/casper under the Special Designations topic. To facilitate analysis of comments and information submitted, the public is encouraged to submit comments in an electronic format through the website. Electronic comments must be submitted by August 7, 2007. Mailed comments must be postmarked by August 7, 2007.

For further information contact Linda Slone, RMP Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY 82604, (307) 261-7520.

-BLM-