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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.

For additional information, see the Buffalo RMP Revision website: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/buffalo.html

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 provide many opportunities for recreational activities. The purpose of the RMP is 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.

Public Involvement

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.

BLM has scheduled four public meetings for the public to review and comment of the Draft RMP/EIS at the times and locations shown below.

Town Meeting Date Facility
Buffalo August 5 Johnson County Library
171 North Adams
Gillette August 6 Campbell County Library
2101 South 4J Road
Sheridan August 19 Sheridan County Fulmer Library
335 West Alger
Kaycee August 20 Kaycee Community Library
231 Ritter Street

Meetings will be an open house format running from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a formal presentation at 4:00 p.m. and repeated at 6:00 p.m.

The BLM will announce any additional 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:

  • This web site: 'Documents and Reports'
  • Email: BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov;
  • Fax: (307) 684-1122;
  • Mail: Thomas Bills, Buffalo RMP, BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834; or
  • By personal delivery to the Buffalo Field Office or at a BLM-hosted public meeting.

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.

Cooperating Agencies

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.

Buffalo RMP Cooperating Agencies
Campbell County Commissioners
Crook County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners
Sheridan County Commissioners
Conservation Districts
Campbell County Conservation District
Lake DeSmet Conservation District
Powder River Conservation District
State of Wyoming
Federal Agencies
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Fish and Wildlife Service
USDA Thunder Basin National Grasslands
Cheyenne River Sioux
Eastern Shoshone
Ft. Peck/Assiniboine/Sioux
Northern Arapahoe
Northern Cheyenne
Oglala Sioux
Three Affiliated Tribes
US Senator Michael Enzi
US Senator John Barrasso
US Representative Cynthia Lummis

For more information, contact: Thomas Bills | 1425 Fort Street | Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: 307-684-1133 | Fax: 307-684-1122 | Email: BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov