The Supplement to the Bighorn Basin Draft Resource Managment Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for review and comment from July 12, 2013 through October 9, 2013. During this comment period only comments pertaining to the supplement will be considered. Comments submitted in 2011 on the draft RMP/EIS do not need to be resubmitted.
All comments received during this period will be considered before the BLM issues the Bighorn Basin Proposed RMP and Final EIS in 2014. Submit comments using the following methods:
Mail: Worland Field Office, Attn: RMP Project Manager, 101 South 23rd Street, Worland, WY 82401
Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
In April 2011, the BLM released the Bighorn Basin Draft RMP/EIS for public review and comment. Since then, as part of the BLM’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the public was invited to nominate or recommend areas on public lands that could be managed as areas of critical environmental concern (ACEC) because of their importance to sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat. The supplement that is currently available for review analyzes the proposed designation of two ACECs. The supplement addresses priority sage-grouse habitat on public lands within Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties.
As part of the planning process, BLM invites 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 play 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 are welcome throughout the RMP 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. The first formal comment period (scoping) began with the NOI published in the Federal Register on October 17, 2008.
Additional information is available at the project website.