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.
Following the release of the Draft RMP/EIS, the BLM received 134 public comment letters and is currently revising the document, as appropriate, based on these comments. A Notice of Availability (NOA) announcing the release of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS is anticipated to be published in the Federal Register later this year. Publication of the NOA will initiate the 30-day protest period and 60-day Governor’s consistency review.
Publication of the NOA later this year for the Proposed RMP and Final EIS will initiate the 30-day protest period, during which members of the public with standing will have the opportunity to protest the content of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS. Any person or organization who participated in the planning process for the Proposed RMP, and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected, may protest approval of the Proposed RMP and land use planning decisions contained within it (Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1610.5-2) during the 30-day protest period. Only those persons or organizations who participated in the planning process leading to the Proposed RMP may protest. The protesting party may raise only those issues submitted for the record during the planning process leading up to publication of the Proposed RMP. These issues may have been raised by the protesting party or others. New issues may not be brought into the record at the protest stage. Detailed information on how to submit protests will be provided in the NOA and on this website.
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.