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The BLM is pleased to announce that the Eastern Interior Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) is now available on the Documents & Reports Page. The BLM prepared the PRMP/FEIS in consultation with cooperating agencies, taking into account public comments received during this planning effort. The Proposed RMP (Alternative E) is largely based on alternatives B and C of the Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/DEIS), which was released on February 24, 2012.  The PRMP/FEIS contains the Proposed Plan, a summary of changes made between the DRMP/DEIS and PRMP/FEIS, impacts of the Proposed Plan, a summary of the written and verbal comments received during the public review period for the DRMP/DEIS, and responses to the comments.

Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process for this PRMP and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions may protest approval of the planning decisions within 30 days from date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The protest period ends August 29, 2016. For further information on filing a protest, please see the Dear Reader Letter on the Documents & Reports Page.

When completed and approved, the Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan (RMP)  will provide future direction for 6.5 million acres of public land including the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Steese National Conservation Area, and the Fortymile area. In addition, it will cover BLM lands not currently included in an existing land use plan: the upper Black River area and scattered parcels along the highway system. 

The Eastern Interior RMP will replace three existing BLM land use plans: the White Mountains National Recreation Area RMP (1986), the Steese National Conservation Area RMP (1986), and the Fortymile Management Framework Plan (1980). These and other documents relevant to the Eastern Interior RMP may be found on the Documents & Reports Page. 

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