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« on: July 26, 2013, 03:41:51 am »

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for the
Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas Planning Area and an Associated
Environmental Impact Statement


AGENCIES:  Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Oklahoma Field Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma, intends to prepare a Resource
Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) for the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas planning area. This notice
announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public
comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing
Oklahoma RMP (1994), the Kansas RMP (1991), and the Texas RMP (1996),
and the associated EIS for the RMP will also analyze Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA) management decisions for lands and minerals managed by
the BIA in the three states.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP
with an associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing
until August 26, 2013
]. The dates and locations of any scoping meetings
will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media,

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newspapers, and the BLM Web site at http://www.blm.gov/nm/oktrmp. In
order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received
prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the
last public meeting, whichever is later. The BLM will provide
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of
the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria
related to the Oklahoma/Kansas/Texas RMP by any of the following
methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nm/oktrmp.
     Email: BLM_NM_OKTRMP@blm.gov.
     Fax: 918-621-4130; Attention: Laurence Levesque.
     Mail: Oklahoma Field Office, BLM, 7906 East 33rd Street,
Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74145; Attention: RMP Comments.
Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Oklahoma
Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurence Levesque, Planning and
Environmental Specialist; telephone 918-621-4136; address 7906 East
33rd Street, Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74145; email BLM_NM_OKTRMP@blm.gov.
Contact Mr. Levesque to have your name added to our mailing list.
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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM
Oklahoma Field Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma, intends to prepare an RMP with
an associated EIS for the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas planning area
RMP; announces the beginning of the scoping process; and seeks public
input on issues and planning criteria. The EIS for the RMP will also
analyze decisions for Indian mineral interests administered by the BIA
Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains Regional Offices. The BLM will be
the lead agency in the RMP development effort, and the BIA will
participate as a cooperating agency and sign a separate Record of
Decision for management decisions for Indian mineral interests
administered by the BIA Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains Regional
Offices.
    The planning area encompasses about 100,000 acres of public land;
5,863,000 acres of Federal mineral interests; and 670,000 acres of
Indian mineral interests. The BLM and the BIA will work collaboratively
with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are
best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The
purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues
that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including
alternatives, and guide the planning process.
    Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified by
the BLM and BIA personnel; Federal, State, and local agencies; and
other stakeholders. The issues include:
    1. How should the BLM and the BIA facilitate energy development,
both renewable and non-renewable, while allowing for multiple uses and
appropriate protection of public lands and resources?
    2. What management actions, best management practices, and
mitigation measures are necessary to protect or enhance resources, such
as, visual, air quality, groundwater, watersheds and riparian areas,
recreational areas, vegetation, soils, cultural sites, special
designations, wildlife and special status species habitat, and
rangeland health?
    3. Where are helium resources located and how can these reserves,
as well as the Federal Helium Plant, be best managed for the public?
    4. How should the BLM address long-term grassland pasture
facilities for wild horses and burros transferred from western
rangelands?
    5. Which public lands should be identified for retention, proposed
for withdrawal, disposal, or acquisition to facilitate more efficient
land management?
    6. Which public lands should be identified as open, limited, or
closed to motorized vehicle travel to meet resource and recreational
demands?
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