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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 12/03/10
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Pinedale Field Office Seeks Public Input on Anticline Adaptive Management


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is seeking public comment on proposed adaptive management measures for the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA).

Earlier this year, the BLM requested review of the 2008 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) Record of Decision (ROD) Wildlife Monitoring and Mitigation Matrix. The University of Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit (COOP) conducted the review and submitted its recommendations this summer.

In response, the BLM and Wyoming Game & Fish Department developed an "Agency Response to the UW COOP Review" which included adaptive management changes to the Matrix for mule deer, antelope, and Sage-grouse. After a review team of biologists from the BLM and Wyoming Game & Fish Department examined the elements of the Agency Response, it was determined that the changes were needed, that they required immediate implementation, and that additional NEPA planning was not required.

However, prior to implementing these proposed adaptive management changes, the BLM is asking for public comments on the Adaptive Management Memos until Dec. 20. The review team will then be convened to evaluate the comments and make final recommendations. Mail or deliver written comments to: Mark Thonhoff, Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale WY 82941. Comments can also be e-mailed to Mark_Thonhoff@blm.gov.

The COOP review and related materials can be found at http://www.wy.blm.gov/jio-papo/papo/wildlife.htm and the Wildlife Matrix can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/pfodocs/anticline/seis.html under Appendix B. The proposed Adaptive Management Memos for Sage-grouse, pronghorn, and mule deer threshold changes to the SEIS ROD Wildlife Matrix can be found at any of the following pages in addition to the PAPO link provided above:

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale/pawg.html

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale/anticline.html 

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/pfodocs/anticline/seis.html 

For more information, please contact Mark Thonhoff at 307-367-5357 or Shane DeForest at 307-367-5302.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 01-11-2011