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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/24/13
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  307-212-0197    

BLM Rawlins Issues North Platte River Recreation Area Management Plan


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) has released the North Platte River Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP), environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact and decision record (DR) which authorize campground and river access improvements and adjust the number of Special Recreation Permits (SRPs) issued.  

Under the selected alternative, horse corrals will be developed and limited river access provided at the Corral Creek Campground, additional parking and a boat ramp expansion will be added at the Bennett Peak Campground, and the access road at Prospect Undeveloped Recreation Site will be improved for safety. In addition, the DR allows up to three new SRPs for consideration every other year until reaching Middle Country limits.  

The RFO manages more than 122 miles of the North Platte River from the Colorado border to the Seminoe Reservoir, including numerous public access points for recreation. The river provides crucial winter range for elk and is a magnet for wildlife such as bighorn sheep, bobcat, black bear, mountain lion, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, muskrat, coyote, raccoon, beaver, Greater Sage-grouse, Canadian goose, mallard, great blue heron, kingfisher, pelican, golden and bald eagle, red-tailed and ferruginous hawk, and prairie falcon. The North Platte River is also classified as a blue-ribbon trout fishery with a section managed for "wild" trout.  

The draft North Platte River RAMP and EA underwent extensive public comment and was available for review March-April and again in Aug.-Sept. 2013. All comments concerning potential impacts were addressed in the EA. The DR is subject to administrative review through the appeal process.  

For more information, please contact Chris Jones at 307-328-4206.

Note to Editor: a copy of the North Platte River RAMP and decision documents are available at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/n_platte_ramp.html.  



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: 09-24-2013