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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/12/12
Contacts: Serena Baker, 307-212-0197    
  Shelley Gregory, 307-315-0612    

BLM Rawlins Launches Visual Resources Scoping
and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Documentation


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office launches a 30-day public scoping period with today’s Federal Register publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a visual resource amendment and to document Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) for the 2008 Rawlins Resource Management Plan (RMP).

The RFO completed a new visual resource quality inventory in 2010. That inventory, along with other resource information, will be included in the analysis for visual resource management (VRM) decisions to be incorporated into the Rawlins RMP. This review will not include the decision area for the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Energy Development Project since that proposal included its own VRM Amendment to the Rawlins RMP.

In addition, certain ACECs recommended for designation in the Rawlins RMP were not adequately documented in the administrative record. Areas under consideration are: McCarty Canyon, areas surrounding the North Platte Reservoirs, Flattop Mountain, Ferris Dunes and Ferris Mountain.

Comments are most helpful if they cite specific issues or activities, and offer supporting information. Written comments should be submitted by May 11 via mail, email or fax, or hand delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) to:

John Spehar, Planning and Environmental Coordinator
BLM Rawlins Field Office
1300 N. Third St.
P.O. Box 2407
Rawlins, WY 82301-2407
Facsimile: 307-328-4224
Email: BLM_WY_RL_RMP_VRM@blm.gov
Please include “Rawlins VRM Review” in the subject line

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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, visit http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/rawlins/VRM.html.

For specific questions, or to have your name added to the RMP mailing list, contact John Spehar at 307-328-4264.



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: 04-13-2012