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January 8, 2009

Contact:
   Bruce Collins
   307-328-4329

BLM Signs ROD for Rawlins Resource Management Plan

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Director Bob Bennett signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the approved Rawlins Resource Management Plan (RMP) on Dec. 24, 2008.

"The signing culminates nearly seven years of detailed planning and analysis by BLM. We worked with local, state, tribal and federal agencies and have had extensive public involvement," said Bennett. "We’re looking forward to continued involvement from everyone as we prepare for the implementation phase," he said.

The approved RMP includes broad land use plan decisions that provide overall direction for management of resources and resource uses within the Rawlins Field Office (RFO) planning area. This area includes approximately 11.2 million acres of land in Albany, Carbon, Laramie and eastern Sweetwater counties.

Management actions outlined in the ROD/Approved Rawlins RMP include opportunities for energy and minerals development, as well as protection for wildlife, cultural properties and special management areas.

The ROD/Approved Rawlins RMP is available at the BLM Rawlins Field Office and on the Rawlins RMP website: www.blm.gov/rmp/wy/rawlins/

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

The BLM manages more land - 258 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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