The annual report summarizes the elk monitoring results and oil and gas development for 2012.
The Decision Record (DR) for the Fortification Creek Planning Area (FCPA) Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) was signed on August 5, 2011. The DR approves oil and gas development in a phased approach with performance standards to protect elk and their habitat and to protect highly erodible soils. Operators are responsible for demonstrating how they will achieve the elk and reclamation performance standards in order for BLM to process applications for permit to drill (APDs). The decision also requires a monitoring program to ensure compliance with the performance standards.
The Fortification Creek Planning Area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyo. encompassing 100,655 acres. Fortification Creek is an area described as requiring special management in the Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Project Environmental Impact Statement (PRB EIS). It is home to a resident elk herd, a Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and has large areas of steep slopes and sensitive soils.
The Fortification Creek Planning Area Annual Report is available at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/bfo/fortification_creek.html.
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