Bighorn Basin RMP Revision
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
In 2008, the BLM published a "Notice of Intent" to revise the resource management plans for both the BLM Cody and BLM Worland field offices. This combined effort—the Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan Revision Project—will result in a single RMP and supporting environmental impact statement (EIS). The RMP has been developed with a full range of public participation.
The Bighorn Basin Proposed RMP and Final EIS were released to the public on May 28, 2015, with the 30-day protest period beginning May 29. It is anticipated that the RMP will be approved and the record of decision will be signed in late summer, 2015.
The revised plan will provide future direction for approximately 3.2 million surface acres and 4.2 million acres of federal mineral estate in north-west Wyoming. The revised plan will establish goals and objectives for resource management; identify lands that are open or available for certain uses, including any restrictions and lands that are administratively unavailable to certain uses; provide comprehensive management direction for all resources and uses; and make broad scale decisions guiding future site-specific implementation decisions. The planning area includes part of Hot Springs County and all of Park, Washakie and Big Horn counties.
Public lands within the field offices are currently managed according to three RMPs: the Washakie RMP (1988) and Grass Creek RMP (1998) for the Worland Field Office; and the Cody RMP (1990).
As part of the planning process, the BLM invited tribal, state, and local governments, as well as other federal agencies to serve as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the RMP. After signing a memorandum of understanding with the BLM, cooperators played a key role in developing the RMP and associated EIS. A complete list of cooperating agencies on the Bighorn Basin RMP is available on the Cooperating Agencies page.
When people, communities, and governments collaborate to identify common ground, share information, and listen to each other the planning process is more effective. Community specific input and comments were solicited throughout the RMP process and they helped shape the environmental analysis and inform the decision makers.
Additional information on collaboration and public outreach is available on the Document Library page.