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October 14, 2008

Bighorn Basin RMP web site

Contact:
   Sarah Beckwith
   307-347-5207

Public Comment Period Begins for the BLM Bighorn Basin 
Resource Management Plan Revision

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing a Notice of Intent (NOI) on October 17, 2008 for the Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision Project and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Bighorn Basin includes the BLM Cody and Worland Field Offices. Public lands within the field offices are currently managed according to three RMPs: the Washakie RMP (1988) and Grass Creek RMP (1998) for the Worland Field Office; and the Cody RMP (1990). The field offices will produce a single EIS/RMP encompassing both field offices that will be called the Bighorn Basin RMP Project. Each field office will issue its own Record of Decision for its jurisdictional area.

An RMP is a land use plan that provides a framework for managing BLM-administered lands over the next 15 to 20 years. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs the BLM to revise their RMP periodically and to manage for multiple use and sustained yield. The RMP will:

  • Establish goals and objectives that describe the desired future condition for resources and resource uses in the Bighorn Basin planning area;
  • Identify management actions anticipated to achieve stated goals and objectives;
  • Provide a framework for subsequent implementation level decisions for the next 15 to 20 years; and
  • Identify lands that are open, closed, and restricted for resource use.

Public involvement is an essential and required part of the RMP revision process. As part of the RMP revision, the BLM is hosting six public scoping meetings to collect information on the public’s desired outcomes for the Bighorn Basin planning area. You are encouraged to attend and provide your community-specific input.

Date and Time

Location

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Conference Room 
115 East Park Street 
Thermopolis, WY 82443
Thursday, November 6, 2008 
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Community Center , Conference Room
1200 Culbertson Avenue
Worland, WY 82401
Friday, November 7, 2008 
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, The Paint Brush Room
33 North 6th Street 
Greybull, WY 82426
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Community Room
1701 Stampede Avenue 
Cody, WY 82414
Thursday, November 13, 2008 
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
America’s Best Value Inn , Conference Room
777 East 2nd Street 
Powell, WY 82435
Friday, November 14, 2008
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lovell Community Center
1925 US Hwy 310 
Lovell, WY 82431

For more information on the Bighorn Basin RMP or the revision process, please contact Caleb Hiner, RMP Project Lead, at (307) 347-5171 or email Caleb_Hiner@blm.gov.

Bighorn Basin RMP web site

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