U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Buffalo Field Office|
High Plains District
RMP News & Information
The Buffalo Field Office is finalizing revisions to the Draft Buffalo RMP and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and preparing the document for public release. The BLM anticipates issuing the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Buffalo RMP and EIS in the Federal Register in June 2013.
Over the past two years, the Buffalo Field Office has been working to revise the RMP and EIS to reflect new BLM guidance and updated data. In December 2011, the BLM Washington Office issued a national Greater Sage-Grouse land use planning strategy and in February 2012, the Wyoming State Office issued a revised Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Management policy. Both policies have been incorporated into the RMP and EIS. As a result of these and other policy changes and updated data, several analyses and other baseline information were updated, as described below.
Please continue to check the Buffalo RMP Revision website for updates.
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 are welcome throughout the RMP process, as they help shape the environmental analysis and inform the decision makers. Throughout the planning process, there will be formal periods during which the public may submit comments on the RMP. However, the BLM welcomes public input, such as resource information, issues, and concerns, during the entire planning process. The current Buffalo RMP is available in the document library. Visit the Scoping Information & Materials page for more information.
Publication of the NOA in the Federal Register begins the 90-day public review and comment period, during which the public may submit comments. During this time, a series of public meetings will be held across the planning area. BLM managers and resource specialists will be available at the meetings to answer questions and comments can also be submitted at that time. Specific information about the meetings and submitting comments will be included in the NOA and posted on this website. The BLM encourages you to stay involved, attend the meetings, and comment on the RMP.
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.