BLM releases record of decision and approved amendment for Buffalo Field Office resource management plan


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BUFFALO, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming today published a record of decision for the supplemental environmental impact statement that augmented analysis for the 2015 Buffalo Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan. The BLM prepared the supplemental EIS in response to an order from the U.S. District Court of Montana, Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al. v. BLM, that directed the BLM to supplement the approved Buffalo RMP by considering reducing available coal and accounting for impacts from climate change and downstream combustion of fossil fuels.

The approved RMP amendment determined about 495,000 acres of federal coal are available for consideration for leasing. This area includes all the acreage identified in the supplemental EIS as available under the action alternative, as well about 41,000 additional acres that were included under the no-action alternative. The BLM made this decision as a result of public, stakeholder and cooperating agency input.

To review the record of decision and approved RMP amendment, please visit the project’s ePlanning site at For more information, contact RMP Project Manager Tom Bills at 307-684-1133.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.