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Release Date: 02/10/14
Contacts: Christian Venhuizen,    

Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Meeting Set for March

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet March 12-14, in Thermopolis, Wyo.

March Wyoming RAC Agenda

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department and Hot Springs County Fire District Fire Station, 400 S. 14th St., beginning at 1 p.m., March 12, and concluding by noon, March 14.

Planned agenda topics include the bentonite mining process and reclamation challenges, enhanced oil recovery, off-site mitigation, cultural resource issues, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, public participation regarding the National Environmental Policy Act, and follow-up to previous meetings.

The RAC will conduct site visits March 13 of the bentonite mining site at Meeteetse Draw, the Wyo-Ben Lucerne Bentonite Plant and Legacy Oil Field. The public may attend the site visits, but they must provide their own transportation. The site visit will leave from the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel, 116 E. Park St., Thermopolis, at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will resume at the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department and Hot Springs County Fire District Fire Station, at 12:30 p.m.

The public comment period will start at 8 a.m., March 14. The public may also submit written comments to the RAC. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. If there are no members of the public interested in speaking, the meeting will move promptly to the next agenda item.

The purpose of the council is to advise the Secretary of the Interior through the BLM on a variety of issues associated with public land management. For more information contact BLM RAC Coordinator Christian Venhuizen, 307-775-6103.

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.

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Last updated: 02-10-2014