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How to get Involved 
 
 
 
Opportunities for Public Participation

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 on the Draft RMP/EIS began with publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on March 2, 2012 and ended on April 11, 2013. The BLM held public meetings in communities throughout the planning area from April through early June 2012. A second round of meetings was held from November 2012 through March 2013. These meetings are summarized on the Meetings Page.

The BLM published a notice on potential changes to areas of critical environmental concern for 60-day public in January 2015. The BLM will summarize and respond to substantive public comments from the Draft RMP, Supplement, and area of critical environmental concern comment period in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS.

The final opportunity for public input is the protest period. Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process for this RMP 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 publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. More information on how to protest will be provided when the Proposed RMP/Final EIS is published.