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Vernal Field Office Releases Proposed Resource Management Plan

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Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Vernal Field Office Releases Proposed Resource Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Vernal Field Office has released their Proposed Resource Management Plan (PRMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for a 30-day review and protest period, beginning August 22, 2008.

The Vernal RMP will provide future broad-scale management direction for land use allocations and allowable uses of 1,725,500 acres of BLM-administered lands and resources located in Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah Counties, as well as 3,000 acres of public lands in Grand County, Utah. The document contains both land use planning decisions and implementation decisions to guide the BLM's management of the Vernal Field Office.

The PRMP/FEIS is largely based on Alternative A, the Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP and EIS, which was released in January 2005. A Supplement to the Draft RMP/EIS evaluating non-WSA lands with wilderness characteristics was released in October 2007. This PRMP/FEIS contains the proposed plan and potential impacts of the proposed plan. The alternatives presented in the Draft and Draft Supplement RMP/EIS are also provided for comparative purposes. To aid the reader, substantive changes made between the Draft RMP/EIS and the PRMP/FEIS are described in Chapter 1 and are detailed in Appendix N.

Information on the protest procedure can be found in the Proposed RMP and on the Vernal RMP website: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning.html. The website contains the entire Proposed RMP, along with the Draft RMP and supporting documents. CDs and hard copies are available by contacting the Vernal Field Office at 170 South 500 East, Vernal, Utah 84078, or by calling (435) 781-4400.

The protest period began August 22, 2008, the date the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the Notice of Availability of the PRMP in the Federal Register, and concludes September 22, 2008. After any protests are addressed, the BLM will issue a Record of Decision, which will authorize the management decisions outlined in the RMP.

E-mailed and faxed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the e-mailed or faxed protest as an advance copy and will afford it full consideration.

If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct faxed protests to the attention of Brenda Williams, BLM Protest Coordinator, at 202-452-5112, and e-mailed protests to: Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov.

All protests, including the follow-up letter (if e-mailing or faxing), must be in writing and mailed to the following address:

Regular Mail:

BLM Director (210)Attention: Brenda Williams

P.O. Box 66538

Washington, D.C. 20035

Overnight Mail:

BLM Director (210)Attention: Brenda Williams

1620 L Street, N.W., Suite 1075

Washington, D.C. 20036

All protests must be postmarked on or before September 22, 2008, the end of the 30-day protest period following publication of this notice by the EPA.

For more information, contact the Vernal Field Office at 170 South 500 East, Vernal, Utah 84078, or by calling (435) 781-4400. Also, check out the Vernal Field Office's Planning website at http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning.html.


Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster

Public Lands Department Manager

BlueRibbon Coalition

208-237-1008 ext 107


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