Public meetings are an opportunity for the public to review and comment of the Draft RMP/EIS.
On Aug. 19 a public meeting will be held at the Sheridan County Fulmer Library, 315 West Alger, Sheridan Wyo. On Aug. 20 a public meeting will be held at the Kaycee Community Library, 231 Ritter Street, Kaycee, Wyo.
Both meetings will be an open house format running from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a formal presentation at 4 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. BLM resource specialists will be available to visit with the public one on one.
To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS by Sept. 26; 90 days following the Environmental Protection Agency’s June 28 Federal Register Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Buffalo Draft RMP.
The Draft RMP/EIS is available at the Buffalo Field Office and on the following websites:
Comment forms will be available at the public meetings. You may also submit comments by any of the following methods:
· BLM NEPA Web site: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do
· Email: BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov;
· Fax: (307) 684-1122;
· Mail: Thomas Bills, Buffalo RMP, BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834; or
· By personal delivery to the Buffalo Field Office.
The planning area for the RMP includes Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties. The BLM will only make decisions on lands that fall under the BLM’s jurisdiction. BLM-administered surface totals approximately 782 thousand acres, and federal mineral estate totals 4.8 million acres.
The revised RMP will replace the 1985 Buffalo RMP. The Draft RMP/EIS includes a series of management actions, within four management alternatives, designed to address management challenges and issues raised during scoping. These include, but are not limited to, energy development (coal, oil and gas, renewable energy, and uranium), wildlife habitat management including that of the Greater Sage-Grouse, livestock grazing, air quality, special management areas including areas of critical environmental concern (ACEC), and travel management.
There are no ACECs in the existing BFO land use plan (Alternative A) or proposed for designation in Alternative C. Alternative B proposes 8 ACECs while Alternative D proposes 3 ACECs.
BLM's preferred alternative is alternative D. While a preferred alternative has been identified, selection of the final plan has not been made. The final decision will be made only after consideration of the comments received on the Draft RMP and EIS.
For more information on the BFO RMP revision contact Thomas Bills at (307) 684-1133.