Public Participation Opportunities
There are several opportunities for public involvement during the planning process. During the scoping phase, the BLM asks for public input on what issues the Resource Management Plan should address. For the Eastern Interior RMP, the BLM held scoping meetings from April through June 2008.
During the public comment phase, the Draft RMP/EIS is available for public comment period. The public comment period began with publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on March 2, 2012.
The BLM held public meetings in communities throughout the planning area from April through early June 2012. A second round of meetings is being scheduled. Additional meetings will be scheduled in other communities after publication of the Supplement to the Draft RMP/EIS. As meetings are scheduled, times and locations will be published on the Meetings Page.
Commenting on the Draft RMP/EIS and Supplement
The Eastern Interior RMP/EIS was developed using the BLM’s ePlanning system. It is available in interactive form (HTML), allowing users to comment on the document online. It is also available in an Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). Both the interactive and PDF forms of the document are accessible through the Documents & Reports Page. The Supplement is also be available on the Documents & Reports Page.
Printed and CD copies of both documents are available from the BLM’s Eastern Interior Field Office and Alaska State Office. Contact information is provided on the Contacts Page.
Instructions for commenting on the interactive document are available on the Documents & Reports Page. There is also a Tutorial Video available from the BLM’s National Training Center. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.