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Notice of Intent To Prepare the Eastern Colorado Resource
Management Plan and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement for
the Royal Gorge Field Office, Colorado


AGENCY: 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) Royal
Gorge Field Office (RGFO), Ca[ntilde]on City, Colorado, intends to
prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). By this notice, the BLM is
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public
comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing 1996
Royal Gorge RMP and the 1986 Northeast RMP. The BLM is also soliciting
resource information for coal and other resources in the planning area.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP
with an associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing
until July 31, 2015
. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping
meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local
media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments
must be received prior to the close of the 60-day scoping period or 15
days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of
the Draft RMP/EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria
related to the RGFO RMP/EIS by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo.html.
     Email: rgfo_rmp_comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: 719-269-8599.
     Mail: BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 E. Main St.,
Ca[ntilde]on City, CO 81212.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the RGFO at
the address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Smeins, RMP Project Manager;
telephone, 719-269-8581; BLM Royal Gorge Field Office (see ADDRESSES
section); email, rgfo_rmp_comments@blm.gov. Contact Mr. Smeins to add
your name 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, seven 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
intends to prepare an RMP with an associated EIS for the RGFO,
announces the beginning of the scoping process, and seeks public input
on issues and planning criteria. The RMP will be titled ``Eastern
Colorado RMP''. The planning area is located in 38 counties in eastern
Colorado and encompasses approximately 668,000 surface acres of public
land and 6.6 million acres of mineral estate. A Master Leasing Plan for
the South Park area will be considered. The purpose of the public
scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the
scope of the environmental analysis, seek nominations for Areas of
Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and guide the planning process.
The following preliminary issues to be analyzed in the planning area
were identified by BLM personnel; Federal, State and local agencies;
and other stakeholders:

To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-01/html/2015-13060.htm
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