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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
 
Release Date: 07/20/10
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    
  (307) 775-6014    

BLM initiates planning effort to revise sage-grouse management


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office is initiating a planning effort to prepare Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendments with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to revise sage-grouse and sagebrush management for the Rawlins, Rock Springs, Kemmerer, Pinedale, Casper, and Newcastle RMPs.

The RMP amendments will incorporate policies from BLM Wyoming’s Instruction Memoranda (IM) 2010-012 and 2010-013 (see www.blm.gov/wy/ st/en/programs/wildlife.html). Amending the existing RMPs will provide consistency applying the Wyoming sage-grouse policy throughout the State of Wyoming. The planning area for the RMP amendments encompasses approximately 15 million acres of public land and is located in Albany, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, Sublette, Sweetwater, Uinta, and Weston counties in Wyoming.

The BLM planning process and scoping period officially started with the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on May 28, 2010. The scoping process provides the public an opportunity to learn about the RMP amendment and provide input that will help to identify relevant issues. BLM is requesting public scoping comments to identify issues associated with the planning effort. Useful comments are those that are specific, identify additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of the relevant issues. Comments can be submitted for consideration in the Draft RMP amendments through August 30, 2010.

There are many ways to provide scoping comments. BLM encourages the public to attend one of the upcoming public scoping meetings and provide input. The open house meetings will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several information stations will be located within the meeting venue that will present information on key issues and the planning process. Attendees may learn about the RMP amendment process, ask questions, and provide written comments. A court reporter will be available to document oral comments. The dates and locations of the scoping meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, August 3
   4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pinedale, Wyoming
Sublette County Weed and Pest
12 South Bench Road, Pinedale, WY

Wednesday, August 4 
   4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kemmerer, Wyoming
Best Western Fossil Country Inn and Suites
760 U.S. Highway 189, Kemmerer, WY
Thursday, August 5
  
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rock Springs, Wyoming
White Mountain Library
2935 Sweetwater Drive, Rock Springs, WY
Wednesday, August 11
  
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Newcastle, Wyoming
Weston County Senior Citizens Center
627 Pine Street, Newcastle, WY
Thursday, August 12 
   4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Casper, Wyoming
Best Western Ramkota Hotel
800 North Poplar Street, Casper, WY
Friday, August 13 
   4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rawlins, Wyoming
Best Western Cotton Tree Inn
2221 W. Spruce Street, Rawlins, WY

In addition to the scoping meetings, BLM will accept written comments through the following methods:

Mailed or Delivered to:
BLM Wyoming State Office
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Attn: Chuck Otto, Project Coordinator

Emailed to: Sagegrouse_Amendment_WY@blm.gov

Public comments are important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. If you comment, your name will be added to the project mailing list in order to provide you with further information regarding the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Management RMP Amendment. To decline inclusion on the mailing list, please prominently state this in your comment.

For further information and/or to have your name added to the project mailing list, contact Chuck Otto, Project Coordinator, at the BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003; (307) 775-6256; email:  Sagegrouse_Amendment_WY@blm.gov. Additional information may be accessed on the BLM website:  www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/amendments/sage-grouse.html. BLM will provide additional opportunities for public involvement throughout the planning process through a series of public meetings designed to keep the public informed of the planning process.



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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