U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
|Release Date: 09/09/11|
BLM Releases Lander Draft RMP and EIS for 90-day Comment Period:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the Lander Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for future management of public lands in the Lander Field Office area.
The 1,700-page document contains a series of management alternatives, including a preferred alternative, designed to address challenges and issues raised during public comment periods including recreation, areas of critical environmental concern, greater sage-grouse habitats, livestock grazing, energy development and units of the National Landscape Conservation System.
Project Lead Kristin Yannone stresses that commenting on the alternatives is important. “The preferred alternative is not a final agency decision,” said Yannone, “but its identification lets people know the direction the BLM is leaning. We will make adjustments to the preferred action based upon the comments we receive, particularly to those areas the public identifies as requiring additional management actions.”
The document can be found online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/lander.html and hard copies are available for review at public libraries throughout Fremont, Natrona and Sweetwater counties and at the Lander Field Office and the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office in Worland.
Comments should be submitted by Dec. 7, 2011, using the following methods:
“The new RMP will guide BLM management of public lands for approximately twenty years,” Yannone said. “Input from the public will help ensure the broadest possible support for the RMP.”
Changes made in response to public comments will be included in the proposed RMP, scheduled for release in 2012.
The BLM will host several public commenting workshops and public meetings during the 90-day comment period. The commenting workshops, to be held Sept. 19-21, will focus on how to formulate effective comments and will feature a presentation and question and answer session about commenting and navigating the document.
Public meetings will be held Oct. 24-28 throughout the Lander Field Office area to provide additional opportunities to speak with BLM staff regarding the document. For more information about the meetings and the Lander RMP revision project, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/lander.html or you may contact Yannone at 307-332-8400.
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.
|Last updated: 09-09-2011|
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