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    Sept. 22, 2018

    Forest service request comments on new locatable minerals Rules


    Mar. 12, 2018

    Annual Outing dates set June 22-24 2018

    Nov. 12, 2017

    BLM’s South Pass Area Management Plan to include more diverse historical intrepretation



    Nov. 10, 2017

    BLM cancels 10 million acre Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal Proposal

    Based on a recent analysis and review of data available that showed that future mining is not a significant threat to sage grouse habitat, the Bureau of Land Management has canceled its Sagebrush Focal Area withdrawal application and the Department’s proposed withdrawal of 10 million acres of federal lands from location and entry under the mining law in Greater Sage-grouse habitat in six Western States.  The BLM also terminated the associated environmental analysis process. The notice of cancellation can be found on the BLM website here: https://on.doi.gov/2hOpRxn.

    The BLM determined the proposal to withdraw 10 million acres was unreasonable in light of the data that showed that mining affected less than .1 percent of sage-grouse-occupied range.

    “The proposal to withdraw 10 million acres to prevent 10,000 from potential mineral development was a complete overreach,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Nedd. “Secretary Zinke has said from the beginning that by working closely with the states, who are on the front lines and a valued partner in protecting the health of these lands, we can be successful in conserving greater sage grouse habitat without stifling economic development and job growth. And that’s what we intend to do—protect important habitat while also being a good neighbor to states and local communities.” 

    The recommendation to withdraw nearly 10 million acres from location and entry under the mining law was one of many land use restrictions proposed for a new management area designated as the Sagebrush Focal Area (SFA). However, that recommendation was unreasonable in light of the data available. In particular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2005 “Not Warranted” decision, the 2010 “Warranted But Precluded” Decision and the 2015 “Not Warranted” decision all showed that mining—including locatable mining—was not a significant threat to sage-grouse.

    The lands will continue to be managed in accordance with existing plans, programs, policies and regulations in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.  They had been temporarily segregated, or closed to new mining claims for 2 years when the Department originally proposed the lands for withdrawal in 2015, while the agency studied whether locatable mineral exploration and mining projects would adversely affect habitat important to the greater sage grouse. That temporary segregation period expired September 24, 2017.

    Feb. 2, 2017

    BLM hosts meeting on South Pass planning

    The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting Feb. 7 at the BLM Lander Field Office to gather input on interpretive and management plans for public lands in the South Pass area. The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Based on public input the BLM has identified improving visitor awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage as a priority for visitor services. Special emphasis will be placed on area sites that are important to historic mining, like Miner's Delight.

    The meeting will give people the opportunity to weigh-in on their priorities for the area and how they recreate in the area.

    "BLM projects are most successful when they involve public participation and partnerships," said Kristin Yannone, BLM planning and environmental coordinator. "There will be future opportunities for participation in South Pass area projects, but this is an important first step."

    Written comments will be accepted during or following the public meeting.

    For more information about the planning, contact Yannone at 307-332-8400 or kyannone@blm.gov.


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    Release Date: 09/09/11

    BLM Releases Lander Draft RMP and EIS for 90-day Comment Period:
    Public Commenting Workshops Scheduled

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the Lander Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for future management of public lands in the Lander Field Office area.

    The 1,700-page document contains a series of management alternatives, including a preferred alternative, designed to address challenges and issues raised during public comment periods including recreation, areas of critical environmental concern, greater sage-grouse habitats, livestock grazing, energy development and units of the National Landscape Conservation System.

    • Alternative A: Continues existing management practices (no action alternative);
    • Alternative B: Emphasizes conservation of natural and cultural resources while providing for compatible development and use;
    • Alternative C: Emphasizes resource development and use; and
    • Alternative D: Provides development opportunities while protecting sensitive resources (preferred alternative).

    Project Lead Kristin Yannone stresses that commenting on the alternatives is important. “The preferred alternative is not a final agency decision,” said Yannone, “but its identification lets people know the direction the BLM is leaning. We will make adjustments to the preferred action based upon the comments we receive, particularly to those areas the public identifies as requiring additional management actions.”

    The document can be found online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/lander.html and hard copies are available for review at public libraries throughout Fremont, Natrona and Sweetwater counties and at the Lander Field Office and the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office in Worland.

    Comments should be submitted by Dec. 7, 2011, using the following methods:

    “The new RMP will guide BLM management of public lands for approximately twenty years,” Yannone said. “Input from the public will help ensure the broadest possible support for the RMP.”

    Changes made in response to public comments will be included in the proposed RMP, scheduled for release in 2012.

    The BLM will host several public commenting workshops and public meetings during the 90-day comment period. The commenting workshops, to be held Sept. 19-21, will focus on how to formulate effective comments and will feature a presentation and question and answer session about commenting and navigating the document.



    Date and Time 


    Monday, September 19, 2011 
    4-7 p.m.
    Best Western 
    Wind River and Fremont Rooms 
    260 Grandview Drive 
    Lander, WY 82520
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 
    4-7 p.m.
    Holiday Inn 
    Taggarts Room (Rooms 1 and 2) 
    900 East Sunset Drive 
    Riverton, WY 82501 
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 
    4-7 p.m.
    Headwaters Arts and Conference Center 
    Wind River Room 
    20 Stalnaker Street 
    Dubois, WY 82513

    Public meetings will be held Oct. 24-28 throughout the Lander Field Office area to provide additional opportunities to speak with BLM staff regarding the document. For more information about the meetings and the Lander RMP revision project, visitwww.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/lander.html or you may contact Yannone at 307-332-8400.