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Notice of Availability of the South Dakota Field Office Proposed
Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement,
South Dakota Field Office, Montana

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has
prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South Dakota Field Office
and by this notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's
Proposed RMP/Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions and files a
protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the
Environmental Protection Agency publishes its notice of availability in
the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the South Dakota Field Office Proposed RMP/Final
EIS have been sent to affected Federal, State, and local government
agencies, tribal governments and to other stakeholders and members of
the public. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available for
public inspection at the following locations:
     BLM, South Dakota Field Office, 310 Roundup Street, Belle
Fourche, SD 57717.
     BLM, Montana/Dakota BLM State Office, 5001 Southgate
Drive, Billings, Montana 59101.
     BLM, Meade County Courthouse, 1300 Sherman Street,
Sturgis, SD 57785.
     USFS, Fort Pierre National Grasslands, 1020 N. Deadwood
Street, Pierre, SD 57532.
     USFS, Wall Ranger District, 708 Main Street, Wall, SD
    Copies of the Proposed RMP/EIS may also be viewed on the internet
    All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following
    Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator,
P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383.
    Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest
Coordinator, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003.

telephone: 605-892-7008; or Lori (Chip) Kimball, BLM South Dakota Field
Manager, telephone: 605-892-7000; address: 310 Roundup Street, Belle
Fourche, SD 57717; email: 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 individuals 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 individuals. You will receive a reply during normal
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The planning area includes lands within the
BLM South Dakota Field Office administrative boundaries which includes
all lands, regardless of jurisdiction, in the State of South Dakota,
however, the BLM will only make decisions on lands that fall under the
BLM's jurisdiction. The BLM administers 274,239 acres of public land
surface and approximately 1.72 million acres of federal mineral estate.
Over 98 percent of the BLM-administered surface and Federal mineral
estate in the decision area is located in western South Dakota.
Counties with substantial amounts of BLM-administered surface or
mineral estate (over 1 percent of the county land base), include Butte,
Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington,
Perkins, and Stanley counties in western South Dakota. Other counties
with small amounts of BLM-administered surface or federal minerals
(less than 1 percent of the county land base), include Bennett, Bon
Homme, Brule, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Corson, Dewey,
Edmunds, Faulk, Gregory, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lyman,
Marshall, McPherson, Mellette, Potter, Sully, Tripp, Walworth, Yankton,
and Ziebach counties in South Dakota. An updated inventory of lands
with wilderness characteristics was completed for the planning area and
data from the inventory was analyzed in the Draft RMP/EIS. The revised
RMP will replace the South Dakota RMP of 1986, as amended, and provide
the South Dakota Field Office with an updated framework in which to
administer the BLM-managed public lands in the planning area.
    The formal scoping period began with the publication of the Notice
of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on July 19, 2007 (72 FR 39638).
From August through October 2007, nine scoping meetings were held
across the planning area. In addition to the nine scoping meetings,
four open house meetings were held to address the concerns of Native
American tribes. During scoping, the BLM requested public input to
identify resource issues and concerns, management alternatives, or
other ideas to help in determining future land use decisions for the
planning area. The Draft RMP/EIS was made available for public review
for a 90-day period on June 14, 2013 (78 FR 35959). Initially, the
Federal Register NOI announced scoping for both North Dakota and South
Dakota RMP revisions; however, based on the diverse planning issues and
other management considerations, the South Dakota RMP revision
continued ahead, and an RMP revision specific to North Dakota BLM will
be addressed at a later date.
    The issues raised during scoping included energy development,
vegetation management, wildlife habitat, special status species
management, Greater Sage-Grouse, travel, access, commercial uses, land
tenure adjustments, visual resource management, and climate change. The
BLM invited local, State, Federal, and tribal representatives to
participate as cooperating agencies on the South Dakota RMP/EIS.
    The Proposed RMP/Final EIS includes a range of management actions
within four management alternatives, including the No-Action
Alternative. These alternatives address the goals, management
challenges, and issues raised during scoping.
    The four alternatives analyzed are:
    1. Alternative A: Continues existing management practices (No-
Action Alternative).
    2. Alternative B: Emphasizes commercial resource development and
use while providing adequate levels of resource protection.
    3. Alternative C: Emphasizes conservation of natural resources
while providing for compatible development and use.
    4. Alternative D (Proposed): Provides development opportunities and
conserves high value and sensitive resources.
    The South Dakota Field Office has identified Alternative D as the
Proposed RMP. Alternative D supports management of greater sage-grouse
seasonal habitats and maintaining habitat connectivity to achieve
population objectives.

    Two ACECs are currently designated in the existing South Dakota RMP
and were re-evaluated and addressed in this Proposed RMP/Final EIS. All
alternatives (including the Proposed Plan) would propose to maintain
the two existing ACECs, as summarized below:
    Fort Meade Recreation Area ACEC (6,574 acres):
     Relevant and Important Values: Historical and

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