Author Topic: Buffalo Resource Management Plan Revision, Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming  (Read 1213 times)

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Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan
and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Buffalo Resource
Management Plan Revision, Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming

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)/Final Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) for the Buffalo Field Office planning area and
by this notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: The 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 Buffalo 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:
     The BLM, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road,
Cheyenne, WY 82003
     The BLM, High Plains District Office, 2987 Prospector
Drive, Casper, WY 82604
     The BLM, Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo,
WY 82834
    Interested persons may also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on
the Internet at
    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.

The BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834, by
telephone 307-684-1133, or by 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
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: 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. Lands within the Planning Area
under the BLM's jurisdiction make up the Decision Area. The Decision
Area consists of BLM-administered surface, totaling approximately
782,000 acres, and Federal mineral estate, totaling
approximately 4.8 million acres.

The revised RMP will replace the 1985
Buffalo RMP as amended. The Draft RMP/EIS was made available for public
review for a 90-day comment period on June 28, 2013. The Draft RMP/EIS
included a series of management actions, within four management
alternatives, designed to address management challenges and issues
raised during scoping. These included, but were 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, special management areas including
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and travel management.
In accordance with 43 CFR 1610.7-2(b), the Notice of Availability for
the Draft RMP/EIS announced a concurrent public comment period on
proposed ACECs.
    Comments on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS were considered and
incorporated as appropriate into the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, which
analyzes four alternatives:
    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 (Proposed): Provides development opportunities and
conserve sensitive resources.
    As modified, Alternative D has been identified as the Proposed
Buffalo RMP in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS.

For the full notice....
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