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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/19/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    
  307-261-7603    

Buffalo Field Office Announces Public Meetings for DRMP/EIS


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) announces public meetings on their draft resource management plan (RMP) and supporting environmental impact statement (EIS).  The Draft RMP/EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976.

BLM has scheduled four public meetings for the public to review and comment of the Draft RMP/EIS at the times and locations shown below.

Date
Location
Time
Monday,
August 5, 2013
Johnson County Library
  Meeting Room
  171 North Adams
  Buffalo, Wyoming

3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday,
August 6, 2013
Campbell County Library
  Wyoming Room
  2101 South 4 J Road
  Gillette, Wyoming

3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday,
August 19, 2013
Sheridan County Library
  Inner Circle Meeting Room
  335 West Alger St.
  Sheridan, Wyoming
3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday,
August 20, 2013
Kaycee Community Library
  231 Ritter Ave.
  Kaycee, Wyoming
3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meetings will be an open house format running from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a formal presentation at 4 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m.  BLM resource specialists will be available to visit with the public one on one.

To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS by Sept. 26; 90 days following the Environmental Protection Agency’s  June 28 Federal Register Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Buffalo Draft RMP.

The Draft RMP/EIS is available at the Buffalo Field Office and on the following websites:
  http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/buffalo.html
  https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do

The planning area for the RMP includes Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties.  The BLM will only make decisions on lands that fall under the BLM’s jurisdiction.  BLM-administered surface totals approximately 782 thousand acres, and federal mineral estate totals 4.8 million acres.

The revised RMP will replace the 1985 Buffalo RMP.  The Draft RMP/EIS includes a series of management actions, within four management alternatives, designed to address management challenges and issues raised during scoping.  These include, but are not limited to, energy development (coal, oil and gas, renewable energy, and uranium), wildlife habitat management including that of the Greater Sage-Grouse, livestock grazing, air quality, special management areas including areas of critical environmental concern (ACEC), and travel management.

There are no ACECs in the existing BFO land use plan (Alternative A) or proposed for designation in Alternative C. Alternative B proposes 8 ACECs while Alternative D proposes 3 ACECs.

BLM's preferred alternative is alternative D. While a preferred alternative has been identified, selection of the final plan has not been made. The final decision will be made only after consideration of the comments received on the Draft RMP and EIS.

For more information on the BFO RMP revision contact Thomas Bills at (307) 684-1133.



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: 07-19-2013