Buffalo RMP Revision
High Plains District The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Buffalo Field Office. It will provide future direction for approximately 800,000 surface acres and 4.8 million acres of mineral estate managed by the BLM in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties in north-eastern Wyoming. This area contains vast deposits of oil, gas, and coal, and provides a variety of resources such as wildlife habitat and rangelands for livestock grazing. The public lands and adjacent Bighorn National Forest provide many opportunities for recreational activities. The purpose of the RMP will be to 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.
RMP News & Information
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) released their draft resource management plan (RMP) and supporting environmental impact statement (EIS) for a 90 day public review on June 28, 2013. The Draft RMP/EIS were 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.
Publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register on June 28, 2013 initiated a 90-day public review and comment period, during which the public may submit comments. To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS by September 26, 2013.
Public meetings will be held Aug. 5, 6, 19 and 20. The BLM will announce meetings and any other public participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and this web site. BLM managers and resource specialists will be available at the meetings to answer questions and comments can also be submitted at that time.
You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
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. In accordance with 43 CFR 1610.7–2(b), there is a concurrent public comment period on proposed ACECs. 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. After the 90-day comment period, the BLM will consider all of the comments received, revise the Draft RMP and EIS as needed, and issue a Proposed RMP and Final EIS.
As part of the planning process, the BLM invites tribal, state, and local governments, as well as other federal agencies to serve as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the RMP. Cooperators play a key role in developing the RMP and EIS. Visit the Cooperating Agencies page to view a list of invited agencies.