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October 5, 2007

Contact: Lesley A. Collins,

BLM Buffalo Field Office Seeks Input on
RMP Amendment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) is proposing to amend its 1985 Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Fortification Creek Area (FCA) (map attached). Existing land use decisions need to be evaluated to determine whether they are still relevant given the mixed ownership pattern and other management challenges within the FCA.

The Buffalo Resource Management Plan (RMP) was originally completed in October 1985, and an update was completed in April 2001. Current RMP decisions are on the Buffalo Field Office web site, www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Buffalo/bfoplan.html.

Preliminary issues identified for the Fortification Creek amendment include:

  • Whether to manage a proposed Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) area formally as an ACEC.
  • Whether overhead power should be allowed on Federal surface where it is currently restricted.
  • Whether to continue the RMP management objectives for any or all of the resource values identified for the FCA (steep slopes, erosive soils, elk habitat, archaeological/paleontological resources, visual resources) and the geographic extent of the identified resource values.
  • Whether to identify tracts for an exchange for the State owned surface and minerals.

BLM is requesting public comments to identify relevant issues. Useful comments are those that are specific, identify additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of the relevant issues. Comments will be accepted through November 10, 2007.

Written comments submitted by mail should be sent to the BLM Buffalo Field Office, Attention Thomas Bills, Project Manager, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming 82834. Comments may also be sent by facsimile to the attention: Thomas Bills at 307-684-1122; or sent electronically to: Fort_Crk_WYMail@blm.gov.

BLM will host public scoping meetings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the following locations:




GilletteTues., Oct. 30 Campbell County Extension, 1000 Douglas Hwy
BuffaloWed., Oct. 31 BLM office, 1425 Fort Street
SheridanThurs., Nov. 1Fulmer Public Library, 335 W. Alger

Your comments are important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. If you comment, your name will be added to a mailing list in order to provide you with future information regarding the Fortification Creek amendment.

The BLM has established a web site for the Fortification Creek amendment, located at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/bfodocs/fortification_creek.html. BLM will provide additional opportunities for public participation during the development of the Fortification Creek Amendment/EA.

For more information, contact Thomas Bills at 307-684-1133.