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What is a Resource Management Plan?

A Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a set of comprehensive long-range decisions concerning the use and management of resources administered by the BLM. RMPs ensure that the public lands are managed in accordance with the intent of Congress as stated in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), under the principles of multiple use and sustained yield.

Decisions in RMPs guide future land management actions and subsequent site-specific implementation decisions. These decisions establish goals and objectives for resource management (desired outcomes) and the measures needed to achieve these goals and objectives (management actions and allowable uses).

 What is a Land and Resource Management Plan?

A Land and Resource Management Plan guides all natural resource management activities and establishes management standards and guidelines for the National Forest. It describes resource management practices, levels of resource production and management, and the availability and suitability of lands for different types of resource management.

 Why is the BLM amending the Wyoming RMPs and LRMPs?

The BLM is amending the Rawlins, Kemmerer, Pinedale, Green River, Casper, and Newcastle RMPs and the USFS is amending the LRMPs for the Medicine Bow National Forest, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and Thunder Basin National Grassland in order to revise sage-grouse and sagebrush management direction to incorporate policies from BLM Wyoming’s Instruction Memoranda (IM) 2010-012 and 2012-043 and additional management drafted in 2011 and 2012 by the BLM National Greater Sage-Grouse Strategy team.

Why is the BLM and USFS seeking public comment?

The BLM and USFS rely heavily on public participation in developing and amending RMPs and LRMPs. Public input provided during the scoping period is crucial to identify various planning level issues that should be addressed through the amendment process.

How can I provide comments?

Written comments can be submitted at the public meetings or mailed to BLM at: Bureau of Land Management, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82003, Attn: Lisa Solberg, Planning Lead.

Comments can be submitted via email at: Sagegrouse_Amendment_WY@blm.gov.

What is the most effective type of comment?

The most effective comments are those that are specific, identify additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of the relevant issues. The next public comment period will be during the 90 day public comment period following the release of the Draft RMP/LRMP Amendments and EIS..

Will my comments be made available to the public?

All comments received, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Wyoming State Office. If you wish to withhold your name and/or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments.