Notice of Intent To Revise a Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming, and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement, 67542-67544 [E8-27029]

Download as PDF 67542 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 221 / Friday, November 14, 2008 / Notices require a thorough reintroduction program and extensive predator control efforts, especially brown tree snake control. Once sihek have been reestablished in the wild, expanding predator control efforts to additional areas, habitat protection and restoration, and monitoring for additional threats to the subspecies would receive increased focus. Additionally, throughout the recovery program, efforts should be made to increase public awareness of sihek recovery needs and to coordinate and monitor recovery efforts. The sihek may be downlisted from endangered to threatened when the following criteria are met: (1) Sihek occur in 2 subpopulations (one in northern Guam and one in southern Guam) of at least 500 adults each; (2) both subpopulations are either stable or increasing based on quantitative surveys or demographic monitoring that demonstrate an average intrinsic population growth rate (lambda) of greater than 1.0 over a period of at least 5 consecutive years; (3) sufficient sihek habitat, based on quantitative estimates of territory and home range size, is protected and managed to achieve criteria 1 and 2 above; and (4) brown tree snakes and other introduced predators are controlled over 5 consecutive years at a level sufficient to achieve criteria 1 and 2 above. The sihek may be removed from the Federal list of endangered and threatened species when the following criteria are met: (1) Sihek occur in 2 subpopulations (one in northern Guam and one in southern Guam) of at least 1,000 adults each; (2) both subpopulations are either stable or increasing based on quantitative surveys or demographic monitoring that demonstrate an average intrinsic population growth rate (lambda) of greater than 1.0 over a period of at least 10 consecutive years; (3) sufficient sihek habitat, based on quantitative estimates of territory and home range size, is protected and managed to achieve criteria 1 and 2 above; and (4) brown tree snakes and other introduced predators are controlled over 10 consecutive years at a level sufficient to achieve criteria 1 and 2 above. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Authority: The authority for this action is section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1533(f). DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management [WY–070–08–1610–DO] [F–22290, F–22305; AK–962–1410–HY–P] Alaska Native Claims Selection AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of decision approving lands for conveyance. ACTION: SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. for lands located in the vicinity of Buckland and Noatak, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Arctic Sounder. The time limits for filing an appeal are: 1. Any party claiming a property interest which is adversely affected by the decision shall have until December 15, 2008 to file an appeal. 2. Parties receiving service of the decision by certified mail shall have 30 days from the date of receipt to file an appeal. Parties who do not file an appeal in accordance with the requirements of 43 CFR Part 4, Subpart E, shall be deemed to have waived their rights. DATES: A copy of the decision may be obtained from: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504. ADDRESSES: The Bureau of Land Management by phone at 907–271–5960, or by e-mail at ak.blm.conveyance@ak.blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunication device (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to contact the Bureau of Land Management. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judy A. Kelley, Land Law Examiner, Resolution Branch (962). [FR Doc. E8–27078 Filed 11–13–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P Dated: October 3, 2008. David J. Wesley, Acting Regional Director, Region 1, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E8–27088 Filed 11–13–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Nov 13, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of Intent To Revise a Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming, and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Office, Buffalo, Wyoming, intends to revise a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and prepare an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Buffalo Field Office and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process and soliciting input on the identification of issues, proposed planning criteria, and calling for resource information. The RMP will replace the existing Buffalo Resource Management Plan of 1985. DATES: The BLM will announce public scoping meetings to identify relevant issues through local news media, newsletters, and the BLM Web site http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/ Planning/rmps/buffalo.html at least 15 days prior to the first meeting. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft RMP/EIS, including a 90-day public comment period. You may submit comments on issues, planning criteria, and resource information by any of the following methods: • Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/ st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/ buffalo.html. • E-mail: BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov. • Fax: (307) 684–1122. • Mail: Buffalo RMP Revision, Attn: Thomas Bills, RMP Technical Coordinator, Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834. Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM Buffalo Field Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Linda Slone, RMP Project Manager; Telephone (307) 261–7520; e-mail linda_slone@blm.gov . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM Field Office, Buffalo, Wyoming, intends to revise an RMP and prepare an associated EIS for the Buffalo Field ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 221 / Friday, November 14, 2008 / Notices Office and announces the beginning of the scoping process and seeks public input on issues, planning criteria, and resource information. The planning area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyoming and encompasses approximately 800,000 acres of public surface land and 4.7 million acres of Federal mineral estate. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 1. Preliminary Issues Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified by BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and user groups. These issues are: Energy and mineral resource exploration and development; access to and transportation on BLM lands; recreation and off-highway vehicle management; wildlife habitat management; management and the cumulative effect of land uses and human activities on threatened, endangered, candidate, and sensitive species and their habitats; vegetation, including impacts of invasive non-native species; management of cultural and paleontological resources, including historic trails; landownership adjustments; fire management; livestock grazing; visual resource management; Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), Wild and Scenic Rivers (W&SR), or other special management areas; and air and water quality. 2. Preliminary Planning Criteria Proposed planning criteria are the following: 1. The proposed RMP will be in compliance with Federal Land Policy and Management Act and all other applicable laws, regulations, and policies. 2. Impacts from the management alternatives considered in the revised RMP will be analyzed in an EIS developed in accordance with regulations at 43 CFR 1610 and 40 CFR 1500. 3. Lands covered in the RMP will be public surface land and Federal mineral estate managed by BLM. No decisions will be made relative to non-BLM administered lands. 4. The planning process will follow 10 stages of an EIS-level planning process: conducting scoping; development of a Management Situation Analysis report; formulation of alternatives; analysis of the alternatives’ VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Nov 13, 2008 Jkt 217001 effects; selection of a preferred alternative; publication of a Draft RMP/ EIS, providing a 90-day public comment period; preparation and publication of a Proposed Plan/Final EIS, providing a 30-day public protest period; and preparation of a Record of Decision and Approved RMP. For specific information, please see the Land Use Planning Handbook, H–1601–1. 5. For program specific guidance of land use planning level decisions, the process will follow the Land Use Planning Manual 1601 and Handbook H–1601–1, Appendix C. 6. Broad-based public participation will be an integral part of the planning and EIS process. 7. Decisions in the plan will strive to be compatible with the existing plans and policies of adjacent local, State, Federal, and Tribal agencies as long as the decisions are consistent with the purposes, policies, and programs of Federal law, and regulations applicable to public lands. 8. The RMP will recognize the State’s responsibility and authority to manage wildlife. BLM will coordinate with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 9. The National Sage-grouse Strategy requires that impacts to sagebrush habitat and sagebrush-dependent wildlife species be analyzed and considered in BLM land use planning efforts for public lands with sagebrush habitat in the planning area. 10. The RMP will recognize valid and existing rights. 11. The RMP/EIS will incorporate management decisions brought forward from existing planning documents. 12. The planning team will work cooperatively and collaboratively with cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, and individuals. 13. The BLM and cooperating agencies will jointly develop alternatives for resolution of resource management issues and management concerns. 14. The planning process will incorporate the Standards for Healthy Rangelands and Guidelines for Livestock Grazing Management for Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the State of Wyoming as goal statements. 15. Areas with special environmental quality will be protected and if necessary designated as ACECs, W&SR, or other appropriate designations. 16. Any public land surface found to meet the suitability factors to be given further consideration for inclusion in the W&SR System will be addressed in the RMP revision effort in terms of PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67543 developing interim management options in the alternatives for the EIS. 17. WSAs will continue to be managed under the Interim Management Policy (IMP) for Lands under Wilderness Review until Congress either designates all or portions of the WSA as wilderness or releases the lands from further wilderness consideration. It is no longer the policy of the BLM to make formal determinations regarding wilderness character, to designate additional WSAs through the RMP process, or to manage any lands other than existing WSAs in accordance with the Wilderness IMP. 18. Forest management strategies will be consistent with the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. 19. Fire Management strategies will be consistent with the Wyoming Fire Management Plan (2004). 20. GIS and metadata information will meet Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standards, as required by Executive Order 12906. All other applicable BLM data standards will also be followed. 21. The planning process will involve American Indian Tribal governments and will provide strategies for the protection of recognized traditional uses. 22. All proposed management actions will be based upon current scientific information, research and technology, as well as existing inventory and monitoring information. 23. The RMP will include adaptive management criteria and protocols to deal with future issues. 24. The planning process will use the Wyoming BLM Mitigation Guidelines to develop management options and alternatives and analyze their impacts, and as part of the planning criteria for developing the options and alternatives and for determining mitigation requirements. 25. A reasonable foreseeable development scenario for fluid minerals will be developed. 26. Planning and management direction will be focused on the relative values of resources and not the combination of uses that will give the greatest economic return or economic output. 27. Where practicable and timely for the planning effort, current scientific information, research, and new technologies will be considered. 28. Known areas in the Buffalo planning area with coal development potential are located in Campbell and Sheridan counties, Wyoming. Coal screening determinations were made on these areas and updated during planning efforts for the existing Buffalo E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 67544 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 221 / Friday, November 14, 2008 / Notices RMP and the Thunder Basin National Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan. No additional coal screening determinations with associated coal planning decisions are planned for the Buffalo RMP, unless public submissions of coal resource information or surface resource issues indicate a need to update these determinations. 29. The RMP/EIS will address the Pennaco Court Decision (Docket No. 02– CV–116–CAB) requiring analysis of coalbed natural gas development for fluid mineral leasing decisions in the Powder River Basin. 3. Public Participation You may submit comments on issues, planning criteria, and resource information in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments within 30 days after the last public meeting. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to clarify the views he or she expressed. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 4. Categorization of Issues The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the plan, and will place them into one of three categories: 1. Issues to be resolved in the plan; 2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; or 3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan. The BLM will provide an explanation in the plan as to why we placed an issue in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to help identify any management questions and concerns that should be addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Nov 13, 2008 Jkt 217001 5. Call for Coal and Other Resource Information Parties interested in leasing and development of Federal coal in the planning area should provide coal resource data for their area(s) of interest. Specifically, information is requested on the location, quality, and quantity of Federal coal with development potential, and on surface resource values related to the 20 coal unsuitability criteria described in 43 CFR 3461. This information will be used for any necessary updating of coal screening determination (43 CFR 3420.1–4) in the area and in the environmental analysis. In addition to coal resource data, the BLM seeks resource information and data for other public land values (e.g., air quality, cultural and historic resources, fire/fuels, fisheries, forestry, lands and realty, non-energy minerals and geology, oil and gas (including coalbed natural gas), paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, soil, water, and wildlife) in the planning area. The purpose of this request is to assure that the planning effort has sufficient information and data to consider a reasonable range of resource uses, management options, and alternatives for management of the public lands. Proprietary data marked as confidential may be submitted in response to this call for coal and other resource information. Please submit all proprietary information submissions to the Buffalo Field Manager at the address listed above. The BLM will treat submissions marked as ‘‘Confidential’’ in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of such information. 6. Interdisciplinary Team Approach The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: Air quality, archaeology, fire/fuels, fisheries and wildlife, forestry and other vegetative communities, hydrology, hazardous materials, lands and realty, minerals and geology, paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, soils, sociology, and economics. Authority: 43 CFR 1610.2(c) and 3420.1–2. Donald A. Simpson, Acting State Director. [FR Doc. E8–27029 Filed 11–13–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [AK–011–08–1610–DR–087L] Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Bay Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability of Record of Decision. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The BLM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved RMP for the Bay planning area, located in southwest Alaska. The State Director signed the ROD on November 4, 2008. This constitutes the final decision of the BLM and makes the approved RMP effective immediately. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Bay ROD and Approved RMP are available on request from the Field Manager, Anchorage Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, AK 99507, or on the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/ak. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James M. Fincher, Field Manager, Anchorage Field Office, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, AK 99507, (907) 267– 1285 or toll free (800) 478–1263. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bay RMP was developed with broad public participation through a three-year collaborative planning process. This RMP/ROD addresses management of approximately 1.9 million acres of BLMadministered public lands and mineral estate in the planning area. The Bay RMP/ROD is designed to achieve or maintain desired future conditions identified through the planning process. It includes management direction to meet the desired resource conditions for upland and riparian vegetation, wildlife habitats, cultural and visual resources, and recreation. The approved Bay RMP is nearly the same as Alternative D in the Bay Proposed RMP/Final EIS, published in December 2007. As a result of protests and the Governor’s consistency review, minor modifications and clarifications were made to portions of the analysis presented in the Bay Proposed RMP/ Final EIS and are discussed in the Record of Decision. No inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies, or programs were identified during the Governor’s consistency review of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[WY-070-08-1610-DO]


Notice of Intent To Revise a Resource Management Plan for the 
Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming, and Prepare an Associated Environmental 
Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Office, Buffalo, 
Wyoming, intends to revise a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and prepare 
an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Buffalo 
Field Office and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the 
scoping process and soliciting input on the identification of issues, 
proposed planning criteria, and calling for resource information. The 
RMP will replace the existing Buffalo Resource Management Plan of 1985.

DATES: The BLM will announce public scoping meetings to identify 
relevant issues through local news media, newsletters, and the BLM Web 
site http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/buffalo.html at 
least 15 days prior to the first meeting. We will provide additional 
opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft 
RMP/EIS, including a 90-day public comment period.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues, planning criteria, and 
resource information by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/
rmps/buffalo.html.
     E-mail: BRMP_Rev_WYMail@blm.gov.
     Fax: (307) 684-1122.
     Mail: Buffalo RMP Revision, Attn: Thomas Bills, RMP 
Technical Coordinator, Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, 
WY 82834.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM 
Buffalo Field Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information and/or to have your 
name added to our mailing list, contact Linda Slone, RMP Project 
Manager; Telephone (307) 261-7520; e-mail linda_slone@blm.gov .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the BLM 
Field Office, Buffalo, Wyoming, intends to revise an RMP and prepare an 
associated EIS for the Buffalo Field

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Office and announces the beginning of the scoping process and seeks 
public input on issues, planning criteria, and resource information. 
The planning area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan 
counties, Wyoming and encompasses approximately 800,000 acres of public 
surface land and 4.7 million acres of Federal mineral estate. The 
purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues 
that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including 
alternatives, and guide the planning process.

1. Preliminary Issues

    Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified by 
BLM personnel, other agencies, and in meetings with individuals and 
user groups. These issues are: Energy and mineral resource exploration 
and development; access to and transportation on BLM lands; recreation 
and off-highway vehicle management; wildlife habitat management; 
management and the cumulative effect of land uses and human activities 
on threatened, endangered, candidate, and sensitive species and their 
habitats; vegetation, including impacts of invasive non-native species; 
management of cultural and paleontological resources, including 
historic trails; landownership adjustments; fire management; livestock 
grazing; visual resource management; Areas of Critical Environmental 
Concern (ACEC), Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), Wild and Scenic Rivers 
(W&SR), or other special management areas; and air and water quality.

2. Preliminary Planning Criteria

    Proposed planning criteria are the following:
    1. The proposed RMP will be in compliance with Federal Land Policy 
and Management Act and all other applicable laws, regulations, and 
policies.
    2. Impacts from the management alternatives considered in the 
revised RMP will be analyzed in an EIS developed in accordance with 
regulations at 43 CFR 1610 and 40 CFR 1500.
    3. Lands covered in the RMP will be public surface land and Federal 
mineral estate managed by BLM. No decisions will be made relative to 
non-BLM administered lands.
    4. The planning process will follow 10 stages of an EIS-level 
planning process: conducting scoping; development of a Management 
Situation Analysis report; formulation of alternatives; analysis of the 
alternatives' effects; selection of a preferred alternative; 
publication of a Draft RMP/EIS, providing a 90-day public comment 
period; preparation and publication of a Proposed Plan/Final EIS, 
providing a 30-day public protest period; and preparation of a Record 
of Decision and Approved RMP. For specific information, please see the 
Land Use Planning Handbook, H-1601-1.
    5. For program specific guidance of land use planning level 
decisions, the process will follow the Land Use Planning Manual 1601 
and Handbook H-1601-1, Appendix C.
    6. Broad-based public participation will be an integral part of the 
planning and EIS process.
    7. Decisions in the plan will strive to be compatible with the 
existing plans and policies of adjacent local, State, Federal, and 
Tribal agencies as long as the decisions are consistent with the 
purposes, policies, and programs of Federal law, and regulations 
applicable to public lands.
    8. The RMP will recognize the State's responsibility and authority 
to manage wildlife. BLM will coordinate with the Wyoming Game and Fish 
Department.
    9. The National Sage-grouse Strategy requires that impacts to 
sagebrush habitat and sagebrush-dependent wildlife species be analyzed 
and considered in BLM land use planning efforts for public lands with 
sagebrush habitat in the planning area.
    10. The RMP will recognize valid and existing rights.
    11. The RMP/EIS will incorporate management decisions brought 
forward from existing planning documents.
    12. The planning team will work cooperatively and collaboratively 
with cooperating agencies and all other interested groups, agencies, 
and individuals.
    13. The BLM and cooperating agencies will jointly develop 
alternatives for resolution of resource management issues and 
management concerns.
    14. The planning process will incorporate the Standards for Healthy 
Rangelands and Guidelines for Livestock Grazing Management for Public 
Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the State of 
Wyoming as goal statements.
    15. Areas with special environmental quality will be protected and 
if necessary designated as ACECs, W&SR, or other appropriate 
designations.
    16. Any public land surface found to meet the suitability factors 
to be given further consideration for inclusion in the W&SR System will 
be addressed in the RMP revision effort in terms of developing interim 
management options in the alternatives for the EIS.
    17. WSAs will continue to be managed under the Interim Management 
Policy (IMP) for Lands under Wilderness Review until Congress either 
designates all or portions of the WSA as wilderness or releases the 
lands from further wilderness consideration. It is no longer the policy 
of the BLM to make formal determinations regarding wilderness 
character, to designate additional WSAs through the RMP process, or to 
manage any lands other than existing WSAs in accordance with the 
Wilderness IMP.
    18. Forest management strategies will be consistent with the 
Healthy Forests Restoration Act.
    19. Fire Management strategies will be consistent with the Wyoming 
Fire Management Plan (2004).
    20. GIS and metadata information will meet Federal Geographic Data 
Committee (FGDC) standards, as required by Executive Order 12906. All 
other applicable BLM data standards will also be followed.
    21. The planning process will involve American Indian Tribal 
governments and will provide strategies for the protection of 
recognized traditional uses.
    22. All proposed management actions will be based upon current 
scientific information, research and technology, as well as existing 
inventory and monitoring information.
    23. The RMP will include adaptive management criteria and protocols 
to deal with future issues.
    24. The planning process will use the Wyoming BLM Mitigation 
Guidelines to develop management options and alternatives and analyze 
their impacts, and as part of the planning criteria for developing the 
options and alternatives and for determining mitigation requirements.
    25. A reasonable foreseeable development scenario for fluid 
minerals will be developed.
    26. Planning and management direction will be focused on the 
relative values of resources and not the combination of uses that will 
give the greatest economic return or economic output.
    27. Where practicable and timely for the planning effort, current 
scientific information, research, and new technologies will be 
considered.
    28. Known areas in the Buffalo planning area with coal development 
potential are located in Campbell and Sheridan counties, Wyoming. Coal 
screening determinations were made on these areas and updated during 
planning efforts for the existing Buffalo

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RMP and the Thunder Basin National Grasslands Land and Resource 
Management Plan. No additional coal screening determinations with 
associated coal planning decisions are planned for the Buffalo RMP, 
unless public submissions of coal resource information or surface 
resource issues indicate a need to update these determinations.
    29. The RMP/EIS will address the Pennaco Court Decision (Docket No. 
02-CV-116-CAB) requiring analysis of coalbed natural gas development 
for fluid mineral leasing decisions in the Powder River Basin.

3. Public Participation

    You may submit comments on issues, planning criteria, and resource 
information in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you 
may submit them to the BLM using one of the methods listed in the 
ADDRESSES section above. To be most helpful, you should submit comments 
within 30 days after the last public meeting. Before including your 
address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The minutes and list of 
attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and 
open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wishes to 
clarify the views he or she expressed.

4. Categorization of Issues

    The BLM will evaluate identified issues to be addressed in the 
plan, and will place them into one of three categories:
    1. Issues to be resolved in the plan;
    2. Issues to be resolved through policy or administrative action; 
or
    3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan.
    The BLM will provide an explanation in the plan as to why we placed 
an issue in category two or three. The public is also encouraged to 
help identify any management questions and concerns that should be 
addressed in the plan. The BLM will work collaboratively with 
interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best 
suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns.

5. Call for Coal and Other Resource Information

    Parties interested in leasing and development of Federal coal in 
the planning area should provide coal resource data for their area(s) 
of interest. Specifically, information is requested on the location, 
quality, and quantity of Federal coal with development potential, and 
on surface resource values related to the 20 coal unsuitability 
criteria described in 43 CFR 3461. This information will be used for 
any necessary updating of coal screening determination (43 CFR 3420.1-
4) in the area and in the environmental analysis.
    In addition to coal resource data, the BLM seeks resource 
information and data for other public land values (e.g., air quality, 
cultural and historic resources, fire/fuels, fisheries, forestry, lands 
and realty, non-energy minerals and geology, oil and gas (including 
coalbed natural gas), paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, 
soil, water, and wildlife) in the planning area. The purpose of this 
request is to assure that the planning effort has sufficient 
information and data to consider a reasonable range of resource uses, 
management options, and alternatives for management of the public 
lands.
    Proprietary data marked as confidential may be submitted in 
response to this call for coal and other resource information. Please 
submit all proprietary information submissions to the Buffalo Field 
Manager at the address listed above. The BLM will treat submissions 
marked as ``Confidential'' in accordance with the laws and regulations 
governing the confidentiality of such information.

6. Interdisciplinary Team Approach

    The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan 
in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns 
identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines 
will be involved in the planning process: Air quality, archaeology, 
fire/fuels, fisheries and wildlife, forestry and other vegetative 
communities, hydrology, hazardous materials, lands and realty, minerals 
and geology, paleontology, rangeland management, recreation, soils, 
sociology, and economics.

    Authority: 43 CFR 1610.2(c) and 3420.1-2.

Donald A. Simpson,
Acting State Director.
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