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Release Date: 06/14/13
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  Melodie Lloyd    

BLM Releases South Dakota Draft Management Plan for Public Review

BELLE FOURCH, S.D. – The Bureau of Land Management released today its Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) describing different alternatives for managing public lands within the South Dakota Field Office.  This action kicks off a 90-day public comment period for interested publics to submit comments to the BLM.

The public comment period will end Sept. 11, 2013.

“The release of the Draft RMP/EIS marks the beginning of an important 90-day public review and comment period,” said BLM Field Manager Marian Atkins.  “As part of the review and comment process, we’ve scheduled public meetings in an open house format throughout the area to answer questions and gather comments concerning the Draft.”

Compact disks of the document are being delivered to a number of businesses, organizations, individuals, elected officials, tribal governments and state and federal agencies for review.  The draft document can be viewed on the internet at  A limited number of paper copies of the draft document are also available from BLM’s South Dakota Field Office, 310 Roundup Street in Belle Fourche.

The South Dakota Draft RMP/EIS describes a range of alternatives (including a draft preferred alternative) for managing all of the BLM-administered surface (274,239 acres) and mineral estate (1.7 million acres) managed by the South Dakota Field Office in 37 counties.

The South Dakota draft plan also addresses the conservation needs of the Greater Sage-Grouse as part of the joint BLM - U.S. Forest Service national effort to sustain the species and its habitat through multiple land management plans across 10 western states.

Open-house Format Public Meetings






Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche Rec. Center
1111 National St.


July 8

4-6 p.m.


Sturgis Community Center
1401 Lazelle


July 9

4-6 p.m.

Rapid City

Best Western Ramkota
2111 N. Lacross


July 11

4-6 p.m.


Buffalo Rec. Center
Hodge Street


July 19

4-6 p.m.


Governors Inn
700 W. Sioux Ave.


July 23

4-6 p.m.

Each meeting will include introductions, a brief BLM presentation, and an opportunity to talk individually with various BLM resource specialists.  Public comment forms will be provided during the meetings for members of the public to submit written comments, which are considered in finalizing the document.

The public may submit written comments related to the South Dakota DRMP/EIS by any of the following methods:

Fax:    (605)892-7015
Mail or hand-delivery: "South Dakota RMP Comments," 315 Roundup Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Whenever possible, please reference the page or section in the DRMP/EIS to which the comment applies.  Specific comments addressing concerns that are within BLM’s legal responsibilities and that can be resolved in the land-use planning process would be most helpful.  The Draft RMP/EIS was developed with assistance from local counties, the state and other federal agencies, tribal governments, BLM’s Dakotas Resource Advisory Council and a variety of interest groups.

All letters and emails should include the first and last name of the individual commenting and a complete mailing address.  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.

“We thank all of the organizations and individuals who helped produce the Draft

RMP/EIS,” said Atkins.  “It’s been a long but collaborative process, and we hope that spirit will continue as we move toward the Final RMP/EIS.” 

After the comment period ends a proposed Final RMP/EIS will be issued in late summer 2014.  That will be followed by the final step in the process, issuing a Record of Decision (ROD).  Until the Final RMP/EIS ROD is signed, the South Dakota Field Office will continue to manage public land resources under the 1986 South Dakota RMP.

For more information, contact Planning Specialist Mitch Iverson at (605) 892-7000.  For the latest BLM news and updates, visit us on the web at:  and on Facebook at:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717  

Last updated: 06-14-2013