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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/30/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    
  307-261-7603    

BLM BFO Hosts Public Meetings on Draft Buffalo RMPA/EA for the Fortification Creek Area


On Sept. 17, 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 (FCPA).

The BFO will host public meetings to familiarize the public with the draft plan and accept public comments. Meetings will be from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Town

Date

Location

GilletteTues.,  Oct. 19Campbell County Public Library, 2101 South 4-J Road
BuffaloWed.,  Oct. 20Johnson County Fire Hall, 314 Railroad Avenue
SheridanThurs., Oct. 21Fulmer Public Library, 335 W. Alger

There will be presentations on the draft plan at 3:30, 5:00, and 6:30 p.m. Your comments are important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. If you comment, your name will be added to a mailing list in order to provide you with future information regarding the Fortification Creek amendment. Written comments will be accepted through Nov. 16, 2010.

Copies of the Draft RMPA/EA are available online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/bfodocs/fortification_creek.html, at the Buffalo Field Office, and local libraries.

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: 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 Fortification Creek Planning Area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyoming encompassing 100,655 acres. Special resource values in the area include: an isolated elk herd and its habitat, high visual quality, a 12,000 acre wilderness study area (WSA), 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 Fortification Creek 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.


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