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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/02/11
Contacts: Serena Baker 307-212-0197    
  Shelley Gregory 307-352-0205    
  Vera-Lynn Harrison 307-352-0259    

Public Comment Period Begins for the
BLM Rock Springs Resource Management Plan Revision


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office has issued a Notice of Intent to revise the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan (RMP) and conduct public scoping for resource information, issues, and concerns.

As part of the RMP preparation, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also be prepared. The EIS will analyze the impacts of various resource uses and include alternatives for managing approximately 3.6 million surface land acres and 3.5 million acres of mineral estate administered by the BLM in portions of Lincoln, Sweetwater, Uinta, Sublette, and Fremont counties in southwestern Wyoming.

The Rock Springs RMP will replace the 1997 Green River RMP as necessitated by emerging resource issues and legislative changes. The current Green River RMP is available at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps.html.

An RMP provides a framework for managing BLM-administered lands over the next 15 to 20 years. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) requires the BLM to revise its RMPs periodically and to manage for multiple use and sustained yield. This RMP will:

  • Establish goals and objectives that describe the desired future condition for resources and resource uses in the Rock Springs planning area;
  • Identify management actions anticipated to achieve stated goals and objectives;
  • Provide a framework for subsequent implementation level decisions for the next 15 to 20 years; and
  • Identify lands that are open, closed, and restricted for various resource uses.

The BLM will hold public scoping meetings to inform interested parties and obtain comments. The dates, times, and locations for the meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance of the meeting through local media, news releases, e-mail, mailings and posting to the BLM Wyoming website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/RockSprings.html.

The 60-day public comment period will open on Feb. 2, 2011 and close on April 4, 2011. Written comments should be mailed or brought to the BLM Rock Springs Field Office, Attention: Vera-Lynn Harrison, RMP Project Manager, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901.Electronic comments may be sent to RockSpringsRMP_WY@blm.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information or to have your name added to the RMP mailing list, contact Vera-Lynn Harrison at (307) 352-0259 or e-mail Vera_Harrison@blm.gov.



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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Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 02-02-2011