U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
|Release Date: 02/22/13|
BLM Releases Lander Proposed RMP and Final EIS
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the release of the Lander Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
The proposed plan, based on the preferred alternative from the Lander Draft RMP released last year, incorporates comments made by the public, the State of Wyoming, and other agencies and organizations.
“The Lander RMP is the first of many land management plans that address how the BLM will conserve Greater Sage-Grouse habitat across the west as part of its joint effort with the U.S. Forest Service and the states,” BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson said. “The draft that was released for review in 2011 incorporated the State of Wyoming’s groundbreaking Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures, which were formally approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
Issues raised by commenters included recreation, areas of critical environmental concern, Greater Sage-Grouse habitat, livestock grazing, energy development and management of national trails.
“These comments have improved the plan and helped the BLM ensure that the issues that are important to people have been addressed,” RMP Project Lead Kristin Yannone said.
The document is available on the Lander RMP webpage at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/lander.html. Hard copies are available for review at public libraries throughout Fremont County and at the Lander Field Office as well as at the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Business Councils in Fort Washakie.
Any person who participated in the planning process for the Lander RMP and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the RMP, may protest approval of this proposed RMP during the 30-day protest period. Only those persons or organizations who participated in the planning process leading to the proposed RMP may protest. The protest period runs from February 22-March 25, 2013. Submit protest issues using the following methods:
Additional information on the Lander Resource Management Plan Revision Project can be found at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/lander.html or you may contact Yannone at 307-332-8400. Additional information on filing protests is contained in the Federal Register Notice, also available on the Lander RMP webpage.
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.
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|Last updated: 02-22-2013|
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