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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/17/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    
  307-261-7603    

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:

  1. No Action, in which coalbed natural gas (CBNG) development and other resources would be managed under existing land use planning decisions;
  2. CBNG development would be geographically phased development with prescription-based protections for sensitive soil resources and the resident elk herd, and;
  3. CBNG development would be phased with performance-based standards to protect the resident elk herd and ensure successful reclamation.

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. 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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