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« on: June 28, 2013, 05:10:15 am »

Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and
Associated Environmental Impact Statement for the Buffalo Resource
Management Plan Revision, Buffalo Field Office, WY

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management
Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
has prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Buffalo Field Office and
by this notice is announcing the opening of a 90-day comment period.

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive
written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS within 90 days following the date
the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of
Availability (NOA) of the Draft RMP/EIS in the Federal Register. The
BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public
participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public
notices, media releases, and/or the project Web site:  http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/buffalo.html.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/buffalo.html.
     Email: BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov;
     Fax: (307) 684-1122;
     Mail: Buffalo RMP, BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort
Street, Buffalo, WY 82834; or
     By personal delivery to the Buffalo Field Office or at a
BLM-hosted public meeting.
    Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are available in the Buffalo Field
Office at

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the above address and at the following locations:
     Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office, 5353
Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82003
     Bureau of Land Management, High Plains District Office,
2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY 82604
    Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to
contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question
with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal
business hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Bills, Buffalo RMP Team Leader,
BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834;
telephone 307-684-1133; or email BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The planning area includes lands within the
BLM Buffalo Field Office's administrative boundaries, including all of
Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties in Wyoming. The planning area
includes all lands, regardless of jurisdiction, totaling approximately
7.35 million acres; however, the BLM will only make decisions on lands
that fall under the BLM's jurisdiction. BLM-administered surface,
totaling approximately 782,000 acres, and Federal mineral estate,
totaling approximately 4.8 million acres, make up the decision area.
BLM issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) on November 14, 2008, for the
Buffalo RMP Revision Project and associated EIS, which initiated public
scoping. Public meetings were held December 1-5, 2008. Approximately
130 members of the public attended the public scoping meetings held in
Wright, Buffalo, Gillette, Sheridan, and Kaycee. The revised RMP will
replace the 1985 Buffalo RMP as amended. 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, lands with wilderness characteristics,
suitability for wild and scenic river designation, special management
areas including Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and
travel management. The four alternatives are:
    A. Alternative A: (No Action): Continues existing management;
    B. Alternative B: Emphasizes conservation of natural and cultural
resources while providing for compatible development and use;
    C. Alternative C: Emphasizes resource development and use while
protecting natural and cultural resources; and
    D. Alternative D (Preferred): Provides development opportunities
while protecting sensitive resources.

    The preferred alternative has been identified as described in 40
CFR 1502.14(e). However, identification of a preferred alternative does
not represent the final agency decision. The proposed RMP and final EIS
will reflect changes or adjustments based on information received
during public comment, new information, or changes in BLM policies or
priorities. The proposed RMP may include portions of alternatives
analyzed in the draft RMP/EIS. For this reason, the BLM encourages
comments on all alternatives and management actions described in the
Draft RMP/EIS.
    In accordance with 43 CFR 1610.7-2(b) and BLM Manual 1613, this NOA
announces a concurrent public comment period on proposed Areas of
Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). There are no designated ACECs
in the existing BFO land use plan (Alternative A) and Alternative C
does not propose designating any ACECs. Alternative B proposes eight
ACECs and Alternative D proposes three ACECs. The management
restrictions which would occur if areas proposed for designation were
formally designated are different in alternatives B and D. In
Alternative B, management for all ACEC's would prohibit all surface-
disturbing activities not compatible with the area's values, including
closing to all forms of solid and fluid mineral leasing and
development; recommending withdrawal of all ACECs from locatable
mineral entry; excluding ROWs; and either closing or limiting motorized
vehicles to designated roads and trails.
ACECs would be managed as
visual resource management (VRM) class II, retention, under Alternative
B.
    Alternative D proposes ACEC specific management for the values of
concern. The values of concern and the acres that would be designated
under Alternatives B and D are as follows:
     Burnt Hollow, (Alternative B 17,208 acres, Alternative D
not designated) Values: Visual resources, geologic features, and
fragile watersheds.
     Cantontment Reno, (Alternative B 523 acres, Alternative D
not designated) Value: Historic resources.
     Dry Creek Petrified Tree, (Alternative B 2,567 acres,
Alternative D not designated) Value: Geologic features.
     Fortification Creek, (Alternatives B & D 32,602 acres)
Values: Visual resources, wildlife resources, and fragile watersheds.
Alternative D management would prohibit all surface-disturbing
activities not compatible with the area's values; close the area to all
forms of mineral activity including solid and fluid mineral leasing;
recommend withdrawal from locatable mineral entry; exclude Rights of
Ways (ROWs); and limit motorized vehicles to designated roads and
trails.

     Hole-in-the-Wall, (Alternative B 11,952 acres, Alternative
D not designated) Values: Visual and cultural resources.
     Pumpkin Buttes, (Alternatives B & D 1,733 acres) Value:
Cultural resources. Alternative D management would prohibit surface-
disturbing activities not compatible with the area's values including a
No Surface Occupancy stipulation for new fluid mineral leases;
recommend withdrawal from locatable mineral entry; exclude ROWs; and
close the area to motorized vehicles
.
     Sagebrush Ecosystem, (Alternative B 467,897 acres,
Alternative D not designated) Value: Sagebrush ecosystems with
dependent rare and sensitive species.
     Welch Ranch, (Alternatives B 1,748 acres, Alternative D
1,116 acres) Values: Visual resources, wildlife resources, and presence
of a natural hazard. Alternative D management would prohibit all
surface-disturbing activities not compatible with the area's values
including closing the area to all forms of mineral leasing and
development including solid minerals; recommend withdrawal from
locatable mineral entry and exclude ROWs. Travel would be limited to
administrative use on designated routes.

    You may submit comments in writing to the BLM at any public
meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods
listed in the ADDRESSES section above. In order to reduce the use of
paper and control costs, the BLM strongly encourages the public to
submit comments electronically at the project Web site or via email.
Only comments submitted using the methods described in the ADDRESSES
section above will be accepted. Comments submitted must include the
commenter's name and street address. Whenever possible, please include
reference to either the page or section in the Draft RMP/EIS to which
the comment applies. Before including your address, phone number,

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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.
    All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from
individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of
organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in
their entirety.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2.

Donald A. Simpson,
State Director, Wyoming.
[FR Doc. 2013-15381 Filed 6-27-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-22-P

Source...  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-28/html/2013-15381.htm
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