August 7, 2008
Lesley A. Collins
BLM BFO Releases Draft Buffalo RMPA/EA
for the Fortification Creek Area
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) released the draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Fortification Creek Planning Area (FCPA) today. The Fortification Creek Planning Area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyo. and encompasses approximately 100,655 acres. Special resource values in the area include: an isolated elk herd and its habitat, high visual quality, a 12,000 acre wilderness study area (WSA), steep slopes with erosive soils, and significant cultural, historic, and paleontological values.
The Draft RMPA/EA documents the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of three alternatives for management of BLM-administered lands within the Fortification Creek Planning Area of the Buffalo Field Office. These alternatives include:
1) No Action, in which coal bed natural gas (CBNG) development and other resources would be managed under existing land use planning decisions;
2) CBNG development would be allowed under additional management decisions to protect certain wildlife species and their habitat, to protect erodible soils, and would designate an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) that would encompass approximately 52,000 acres, and
3) CBNG development would be allowed under additional management decisions to protect certain wildlife species, to protect erodible soils, and would designate a citizen’s proposed ACEC that would encompass approximately 33,750 acres.
BLM encourages the public to review the draft RMPA/EA and submit comments. . Comments will be accepted through October 7, 2008.
Copies of the Draft RMPA/EA will be available online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/bfodocs/fortification_creek.html, at the Buffalo Field Office, and local libraries.
Written comments and resource information submitted by mail should be sent to the BLM Buffalo Field Office, Attention Thomas Bills, Project Manager, 1425 Fort St., Buffalo, WY, 82834. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention: Thomas Bills at 307-684-1122; or sent electronically to: Fort_Crk_WYMail@blm.gov.
For more information, contact Thomas Bills at (307) 684-1133.
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