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January 4, 2008

Contact: Bruce Collins, 
307-328-4329

BLM Issues Final EIS for 
Rawlins Resource Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management in Rawlins issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for its revised Rawlins Resource Management Plan (RMP) today, beginning a 30-day public protest period.

The Rawlins RMP outlines a range of proposed management actions and their corresponding impacts for approximately 3.5 million acres of BLM-administered public land surface and 4.5 million acres of BLM-administered federal mineral estate in Albany, Carbon, Laramie, and portions of Sweetwater counties in southern Wyoming.

Management actions outlined in the FEIS include opportunities for energy and minerals development, as well as protection for wildlife, cultural properties, and special management areas. The proposed plan also suggests maintenance practices for adequate recreation use of the land area.

A protest period, ending Feb. 3, 2008, provides the opportunity for those who participated in the planning process to protest the proposed RMP and associated land use planning decisions. Persons who participated in the planning process may protest on the issues they submitted during the planning process before the publication of this proposed RMP. New issues may not be raised as part of the protest process.

To provide opportunities to discuss and further understand the specifics of the Rawlins RMP and other BLM-related topics in the area, Patrick Madigan, the new Rawlins Field Manager, is set to visit local communities during the protest period in January.

The RMP and Final EIS are available at the BLM Rawlins Field Office and on the Rawlins RMP website: www.blm.gov/rmp/wy/rawlins/.

For more information, please contact John Spehar, Rawlins BLM RMP Project Lead, at (307) 328-4264.

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