Action Alerts! (Week of Feb. 6th)
Updated: Feb 28
SEE BELOW FOR 3 WAYS TO TAKE ACTION THIS WEEK
ACTION ALERT #1
Time for an update? Join us in letting the BLM know we would like to see the Casper Field Office revise their current management plan.
Comments due Friday, February 10, 2023!
The Casper BLM Field Office is looking for public input on whether or not they should update or revise their current management plan, which was last revised in 2007. Since 2007, there has been a shift in policy direction, scientific understandings, and resource values that need to be incorporated into the Casper Field Office’s Resource Management Plan. Currently, the BLM has concluded that their RMP is sufficient, but that they will address any needed updates in a piecemeal fashion via either amendments or project-specific analysis. A revision is needed, because a full revision will address these changes in a comprehensive, cohesive manner with the greatest opportunity for public involvement.
Notable changes not currently reflected in the Casper Field Office RMP:
New guidance on evaluating & prioritizing the designation of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC’s)
Managing landscapes for habitat connectivity & climate resiliency
Incorporating opportunities for Tribal Co-stewardship
Incorporating the President’s “America the Beautiful” 30x30 initiative
Asking the BLM to revise their current plan is an opportunity to advocate for greater wildland protections to meet the President’s goals of conserving at least 30 percent of U.S. lands and freshwater and 30 percent of U.S. ocean areas by 2030. Readers can access the draft evaluation report and current Casper RMP by visiting the BLM ePlanning site at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/63199/570
Join us in asking the BLM to revise the Resource Management Plan for the Casper Field Office. Remember to make the comments personal.
Comments may be submitted by email to email@example.com with the subject line “RMP Evaluation”
by mail to the following address: BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Mike Robinson, 2987 Prospector Dr., Casper, WY 82604.
ACTION ALERT #2
Tell the Med Bow to keep it public and keep it wild!
Comments due Monday, February 13 ,2023
The Hayden Ranger District is currently accepting comments on a proposed federal land transfer that would enable the construction of a 270-foot dam on the West Fork of Battle Creek in the Little Snake River basin. The proposed location of the dam, reservoir and federal land transfer would likely impact the adja designated cent Wilderness areas and is incompatible with the surrounding public wildlands.
Submitted comments are being considered by multiple deciding authorities, so feel free to include any and all of your concerns related to the proposed dam construction and whether this project is in the best interest of the public or Wyomingites.
Read more HERE
ACTION ALERT #3
Tell the BLM to include Wyoming in their Western Solar Plan.
Comments due Tuesday, February 28, 2023!
The Bureau of Land Management is developing an updated plan to guide responsible solar and wind energy development on public lands and is currently accepting comments on whether to include Wyoming in the plan.
Energy development of any kind can impact our wildlife and wildlands, and responsible siting is critical to protect Wyoming’s unique natural resources and public lands. The updated Western Solar Plan is an important opportunity for the BLM to consider resource-based criteria- like habitat connectivity, threatened species and critical habitat, lands with wilderness characteristics, cultural sites, and existing infrastructure - when determining where the agency should prioritize or prohibit solar and wind development on Wyoming public lands. Including Wyoming in the planning process would move us away from the current case-by-case permitting under outdated land use plans and provide robust public comment opportunities to define renewable zones in Wyoming that safeguard our wildlife and wildlands.
A virtual public meeting is scheduled for Monday February 13th.
Tell the BLM Wyoming’s public lands deserve a strategic, forward-thinking plan for any renewable energy development and leasing.
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For further information, clarification, or questions, reach out to our Policy Coordinator, Sarah Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org