U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
|Release Date: 09/17/10|
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 today.
The Fortification Creek planning area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyoming and encompasses 100,655 acres. Special resource values in the area include: an isolated elk herd and its habitat, important visual resources, a 12,000-acre wilderness study area, steep slopes with erosive soils, and cultural, historic, and paleontological sites.
The draft RMPA/EA documents the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of three alternatives for management of BLM-administered lands within the planning area of the Buffalo Field Office. These alternatives include:
BLM encourages the public to review the draft RMPA/EA and submit comments. Written comments will be accepted for 60 days through Nov. 16.
Copies of the draft RMPA/EA will be available online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/bfodocs/fortification_creek.html, the Buffalo Field Office and local libraries. Public meetings will be scheduled and announced through the local media.
Written comments and resource information submitted by mail should be sent to the BLM Buffalo Field Office, Attention Thomas Bills, Project Manager, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention of: 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.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. 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.
Buffalo Field Office 1425 Fort Street Buffalo, WY 82834
|Last updated: 01-11-2011|
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