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March 30, 2007
Contact: Rey Adame

Pinedale BLM Hosts Resource Management Plan Revision Open Houses

The Pinedale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host four open houses/formal public hearings for the Pinedale Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The three-hour open houses begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by formal public hearings that start at 6:00 p.m.

The Open House schedule is:

  • Monday, April 9 at the Best Western Outlaw Inn in Rock Springs;

  • Tuesday, April 10 in the Teton County building in Jackson. The Teton County building is located at the corner of Simpson and Willow. The Teton County Commissioners' Meeting Room is the site for this meeting;

  • Wednesday, April 11 in Pinedale at the Sublette County Library; and

  • Thursday, April 12 - Town Hall in Marbleton

The Record of Decision for the Pinedale Resource Management Plan (RMP) was finalized in December 1988. BLM has decided to revise the current RMP due to the latest knowledge about natural gas reserves, technology for retrieving gas, and issues about threatened, endangered and other wildlife species, and increased demand for public lands resources.

A facet of the performance-based approach in BLM's draft RMP/EIS is division of the planning area into several management areas. Each zone would have different goals for management of oil and gas production and wildlife habitat. Under the current draft, one area would be focused on efficient recovery of oil and gas, with an emphasis on habitat conservation and reclamation of wildlife habitats (both interim and final reclamation).

A second area would be available for oil and gas leasing, with strict limitations on development at the exploration stage to conserve habitats and other resources. A third area would be unavailable for oil and gas leasing. The fourth area would be available for oil and gas leasing with No Surface Occupancy stipulations.

Under the preferred alternative, regional income is expected to exceed $6.9 billion, and employment is expected to average more than 10,000 direct and secondary jobs per year.

The present value of mineral tax revenues would be expected to be slightly more than $11.7 billion. Mitigation measures and performance-based management incorporated in the Preferred Alternative would limit impacts to wildlife habitat and populations, but would not eliminate impacts. Some reductions in wildlife habitat, including greater sage grouse, mule deer, elk, and pronghorn antelope, could occur.

RMP Revision team members will be on hand at each meeting to answer questions and provide information on their portion of the RMP revision.

For more information on the Pinedale RMP, call Kellie Roadifer, RMP project lead, at (307) 367-5309; or visit the Pinedale BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/rmp/wy/pinedale.