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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/24/11
Contacts: Serena Baker    
  307-212-0197    

Public Invited to Sand Hills/JO Ranch ACEC Management Plan Meeting


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) is kicking off a 30-day scoping period by inviting the public to a meeting to identify issues and concerns to be addressed in drafting the Sand Hills/JO Ranch Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Management Plan.

The Sand Hills/JO Ranch encompasses nearly 12,700 acres, between Rawlins and Baggs and was designated as an ACEC by the Rawlins Resource Management Plan. The Sand Hills support unique vegetation, wildlife habitat, sensitive soils and recreational opportunities. The JO Ranch is important for its historical and cultural value and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The RFO is requesting the public’s input in developing the management plan which will address how each of these resources, as well as others, along with their potential uses, is administered within the Sand Hills/JO Ranch ACEC. Written substantive comments are most helpful if they cite specific actions or impacts and offer informed analysis. Scoping comments are requested by April 22 and may be submitted via email, mail or hand-delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

The scoping meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on:

Wednesday, April 6
BLM Rawlins Field Office
1300 N. Third Street
Rawlins, WY 82301
Email: SandHills_JORanch_ACEC_WY@blm.gov 
Meeting Agenda - updated 04/06/11

For specific questions, please contact Frank Blomquist or Patrick Walker at 307-328-4200.



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: 04-06-2011