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The Proposed RMP and Final EIS for the Buffalo Field Office are available for public review (see Documents & Reports).

The documents represent the BLM’s approach for addressing the Proposed RMP and Final EIS’s purpose and need. The documents contain the proposed plan, potential impacts of the plan, summary of the written comments received during the public comment period of the Draft RMP and EIS, and responses to these comments.

The release of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS initiates a 30-day protest period and the 60-day Wyoming Governor’s Consistency Review that begins following publication of the Notice of Availability of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS, published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register.

The BLM will prepare the Record of Decision and the Approved RMP, which will document the BLM’s decision, following the resolution of protests, the 60-day Governor’s Consistency Review, and a determination that a Supplemental Proposed RMP and Final EIS are not warranted.

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 is revising the Resource Management Plan 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.
 

Public Comments and BLM Responses
The full text of the comment letters received during the Draft RMP and EIS public comment period are available (see Documents & Reports). The Comment Analysis Report (Appendix Y in the Proposed RMP and Final EIS) describes the public comment analysis process and summarizes the comments received on the Draft RMP and EIS and BLM’s responses to the comments. To aid the reader, substantive changes made after the Draft RMP and EIS are shaded gray in the Proposed RMP and Final EIS.

Protest Procedure
The 30-day protest period beginning May 29 provides the opportunity for those who participated in the planning process and have an interest that is or could be adversely affected, to protest the Proposed RMP and associated land use planning decisions (see 43 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1610.5-2). Only those persons or organizations who participated in the planning process may protest. The protesting party may only raise issues submitted during the planning process leading up to the publication of this Proposed RMP. These issues may have been raised by the protesting party or others. New issues may not be raised at the protest stage.

Critical elements to be included in a protest are listed in the Protest Regulations (see Documents & Reports) and in the "Dear Reader" letter of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS. Protests must be filed with the BLM State Director in writing.

Regular mail protests should be sent to:
Director (210)
Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, DC, 20024-1383

Overnight mail protests should be sent to:
Director (210)
Attn: Protest Coordinator
20 M Street, SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, DC 20003

Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and it will receive full consideration. If you wish to provide BLM with such advance notification, please direct emailed protests to protest@blm.gov.

All protests must be postmarked on or before the end of the 30-day protest period following EPA publication of the NOA.



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
Counties
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
Tribes
Cheyenne River Sioux
Crow
Eastern Shoshone
Ft. Peck/Assiniboine/Sioux
Northern Arapahoe
Northern Cheyenne
Oglala Sioux
Three Affiliated Tribes
Congressional
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