U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Kemmerer Field Office
|Release Date: 02/25/11|
BLM Kemmerer Field Office Seeks Public Input on Slate Creek Allotment Management Plan
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) is initiating the development of an Allotment Management Plan (AMP) for the Slate Creek area north of Kemmerer, Wyo. The KFO is seeking public input on the AMP process which will determine how, when and where livestock will use the approximately 260,000 acre Slate Creek area which extends from Kemmerer to Fontenelle Reservoir.
Currently, there are 10 ranchers who use the Slate Creek area for cattle and sheep grazing from April through November of each year. The area also encompasses oil and gas development in the south and sage-grouse habitat in the north while hunting is a popular pursuit throughout due to the large, solid blocks of public land.
"The AMP process will be very open and public involvement is highly encouraged. Many different people enjoy using this area for work and play and we want to hear from all of them," stated Spencer Allred, rangeland management specialist.
On Thurs., Mar. 10, Allred will be available at the KFO at 312 Hwy. 189 N. until 8:00 p.m. to any member of the public who wishes to speak with him in person. Allred is normally available at the KFO during the regular business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The anticipated completion date for the AMP is early 2013; however, this may change depending on the level of public involvement and the complexity of the issues that are brought up during the process.
More information, including a map of the Slate Creek area, is available at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/kfo/slatecreekamp.html.
The public is invited to contact Spencer Allred with any questions or concerns at 307-828-4526 or by email at email@example.com with "Slate Creek AMP" in the subject line.
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.
Kemmerer Field Office 312 Highway 189 North Kemmerer WY 83101
|Last updated: 02-25-2011|
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