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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/02/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    
  307-261-7603    

2012 Fortification Creek Planning Area Annual Report Available from Buffalo Field Office


The 2012 Fortification Creek Planning Area Annual Report is available from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office.

The annual report summarizes the elk monitoring results and oil and gas development for 2012.

The Decision Record (DR) for the Fortification Creek Planning Area (FCPA) Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) was signed on August 5, 2011. The DR approves oil and gas development in a phased approach with performance standards to protect elk and their habitat and to protect highly erodible soils.  Operators are responsible for demonstrating how they will achieve the elk and reclamation performance standards in order for BLM to process applications for permit to drill (APDs). The decision also requires a monitoring program to ensure compliance with the performance standards.

The Fortification Creek Planning Area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyo. encompassing 100,655 acres.  Fortification Creek is an area described as requiring special management in the Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Project Environmental Impact Statement (PRB EIS).  It is home to a resident elk herd, a Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and has large areas of steep slopes and sensitive soils.

The Fortification Creek Planning Area Annual Report is available at:  www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/bfo/fortification_creek.html.

For more information, contact Thomas Bills at (307) 684-1133 or tbills@blm.gov.



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: 05-02-2013