NEVADA - BLM Releases Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final EIS

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September 12, 2013 11:36 AM

NEVADA - BLM Releases Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final EIS

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  Winnemucca District released the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) for public review and comment last week.  The publication of the Notice of Availability opens a 30-day public protest period that will close on October 7, 2013.

The new resource management plan (RMP) would replace two outdated Management Framework Plans approved in 1982 and amended in 1999. The RMP is like a county master plan that gives guidance on what activities are allowed where. The new RMP updates old plans on issues related to landscape health, energy and mineral development, grazing management, recreation, access and transportation (including off-highway vehicle use), visual resource management, lands with wilderness characteristics and protection of Greater Sage-grouse habitat.

Once final, a Record of Decision will be released and the new plan will guide the management of the BLM activities on about 7.4 million acres of agency-administered public lands and minerals in Humboldt and Pershing counties, and in portions of Washoe, Churchill and Lyon counties.

The PRMP/FEIS is available on the Winnemucca District's web page: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/rmp.html

Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the PRMP/FEIS may be found in the "Dear Reader" Letter of the Winnemucca District PRMP/FEIS and at 43 CFR 1610.5-2. All protests must be in writing and mailed to the BLM Director (210), Attn: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, D.C. 20024-1383. Overnight deliveries should be mailed to 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003. Emailed and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period.

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

For further information and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Zwaantje Rorex, RMP Team Lead, at (775) 623-1727 or by email to wdrmp@blm.gov.

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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