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Wind River-Bighorn Basin District Office
Release Date: 03/24/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

BLM Hosts Open House for Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland and Cody Field Offices will host an open house on Monday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m., at the Worland Field Office.

The open house will provide the public with an opportunity to meet the BLM managers and representatives of the cooperating agencies who are working together to develop a revised resource management plan (RMP) for public lands in the Bighorn Basin and to discuss various management issues. Public input, provided at meetings held in 2008 and 2009 and through written comments, has been integral to the process. The BLM and the cooperating agencies, including the State of Wyoming, county commissions, and conservation districts, have been working together towards a revised RMP for over a year.

A RMP provides guidance and future direction for management of BLM-administered lands and minerals. In the Bighorn Basin, the planning area is 5.6 million acres within all of Big Horn, Park, and Washakie Counties, and most of Hot Springs County. It includes approximately 3.1 million acres of public surface and 4.2 million acres of federal mineral estate. The existing Cody, Washakie and Grass Creek RMPs do not address all of the new and emerging issues in the planning area. In addition, laws, regulations and policies regarding management of these public lands have changed. When completed, the revised RMP will replace the existing RMPs.

The BLM and cooperating agencies will hold additional workshops, meetings and field trips throughout the Bighorn Basin area during the coming months. To keep the public informed, the field office websites are updated regularly with reports and summaries produced during the RMP process. A draft RMP is expected to be available for public comment in early 2011.

The Worland Field Office is located at the east end of Bighorn Ave., at 101 South 23rd St. For more information, please contact Caleb Hiner at 307-347-5100. Visit the Bighorn Basin RMP website for the most current RMP information:

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.

Wind River-Bighorn Basin District Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401-0119  

Last updated: 03-24-2010