WYOMING - BLM Issues Supplement to the Draft Bighorn Basin RMP

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July 25, 2013 12:44 PM


WYOMING - BLM Issues Supplement to the Draft Bighorn Basin RMP

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody and Worland field offices announced that supplemental analysis to the Bighorn Basin Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for a 90-day comment period. The supplement addresses priority sage-grouse habitat on public lands within Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties.

In April 2011, the BLM released the Bighorn Basin Draft RMP/EIS for public review and comment. Since then, as part of the BLM's National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the public was invited to nominate or recommend areas on public lands that could be managed as areas of critical environmental concern (ACEC) because of their importance to sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat. The supplement that is currently available for review analyzes the proposed designation of two ACECs and other management actions applicable to sage-grouse and ACECs.

To provide the public with opportunities to ask questions and comment on the supplement, the BLM will host meetings during the 90-day comment period.

 September 4, 2013
   5-7 p.m.
Powell: Park County Fairgrounds, Bicentennial Hall
655 East 5th Street
 September 5, 2013
   5-7 p.m.
 Cody: Holiday Inn, Main Ballroom
1701 Sheridan Avenue
 September 9, 2013
   5-7 p.m.
 Lovell: Community Center
1925 U.S. Highway 310
 September 10, 2013
   5-7 p.m.
 Greybull: Big Horn County Weed and Pest Office
4782 U.S. Highway 310
 September 11, 2013
   5-7 p.m.
 Thermopolis: Days Inn, Indian Room
115 East Park Street
 September 12, 2013
   5-7 p.m.
 Worland: Community Center
1200 Culbertson Avenue

The comment period is open from July 12-Oct. 9, 2013. All comments received during this period will be considered before the BLM issues the Bighorn Basin Proposed RMP and Final EIS in 2014. Comments submitted in 2011 on the draft RMP/EIS do not need to be resubmitted. Submit comments on the supplement using the following methods:

    Website:  www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/bighorn.html 
    Mail:  Worland Field Office, Attn: RMP Project Manager, 101 South 23rd Street, Worland, WY 82401

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The supplement and additional information about the Bighorn Basin RMP Revision Project can be found on the project website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/bighorn.html or you may contact BLM RMP Project Manager Holly Elliott at 307-347-5100.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

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