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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.

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 on May 29, 2015. Publication of the NOA will initiate the 30-day protest period and 60-day Governor's consistency review.

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 NOA 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.

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