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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/03/12
Contacts: Serena Baker, 307-212-0197    

BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statements
Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Farm EIS and EIS for the Visual Resource Management Amendment to the Rawlins Resource Management Plan Available for Review


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) has released the final environmental impact statements (EIS) for the proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Farm (CCSM) and the Proposed Rawlins Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment for Visual Resource Management (VRM).  

The CCSM project area includes VRM Classes II and III which are not typically compatible with wind development; therefore, an amendment to the RMP was needed. The Volume I EIS for the RMP Amendment analyzes alternatives for planning and managing visual resources in the proposed CCSM project area. The Volume II EIS analyzes the proposed CCSM project itself.  

The proposed CCSM project consists of two wind farm sites encompassing 1,000 wind turbines on more than 227,638 acres of mixed public and private land 10 miles south of Rawlins, Wyo., in Carbon County. It is estimated that each wind turbine would generate between 1.5 to 3 megawatts (MW) of electricity, with a total capacity of 2,000 to 3,000 MW. Access roads, underground electric gathering lines, an overhead transmission line and substations to interconnect the generated power to the electric grid are included in the proposal. It is anticipated construction will take four to five years with an estimated project life of 30 years.  

Publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's notice of availability in the Federal Register on June 29 initiated a 30-day review and protest period. Protests must be submitted in writing by July 30 to:   

Regular Mail:                                
BLM Director (210)             
Attention: Brenda Williams 
P.O. Box 71383 
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

Overnight Mail: 
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Brenda Williams 
20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM 
Washington, D.C. 20003

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

More information is available at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/Chokecherry.html or contact Project Manager Pam Murdock at 307-775-6259.  



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: 07-03-2012