U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office
|Release Date: 04/22/11|
BLM Releases Draft Bighorn Basin RMP
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) draft resource management plan (RMP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin is now available for a 90-day comment period.
The plan will provide future direction in all aspects of public land and mineral management on approximately 3.2 million surface acres and 4.2 million acres of mineral estate in northwest Wyoming.
RMP Project Lead Caleb Hiner encourages comments on the draft plan. “Your specific and detailed comments will help us ensure that we are providing a well-balanced plan for the management of public lands in the Bighorn Basin,” Hiner said.
The comment period runs from April 22-July 20. All comments received during this period will be considered before the BLM issues the proposed RMP and final EIS. Submit comments using the following methods:
The BLM will host public meetings during the 90-day comment period in Thermopolis, Worland, Greybull, Lovell, Cody and Powell.
Copies of the draft RMP and EIS are available on the project website and for public review at the following BLM locations:
A limited number of CDs and hardcopies are also available.
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.
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office 101 South 23rd Street Worland, WY 82401
|Last updated: 04-22-2011|
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