Proposed South Dakota RMP and EIS notice of public scoping period begins |

Proposed South Dakota RMP and EIS notice of public scoping period begins

BELLE FOURCHE, SD – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) South Dakota Field Office is preparing a new land use plan to guide future management of the 278,000 acres of public lands and 1.6 million acres of federal minerals under its jurisdiction.

The Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) encompasses an area including portions of 32 of the 66 counties within South Dakota. The plan will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, all other acts, laws and regulations associated with land management planning, and BLM management policies.

Public meetings to comment on the BLM’s resource management plan will be held to provide local communities the opportunity for participation and input. Formal scoping will last 60 days; however, collaboration with the public will continue throughout the process. Public scoping meetings continue and locations will be rotated among the towns of Sturgis (Sept. 10), Hot Springs (Sept. 13), Wall (Sept. 25), Rapid City (Sept. 27), and Pierre (Oct. 9). The BLM encourages public participation to help determine the future management of public lands administered by the South Dakota Field Office.

The BLM will host a public meeting in Sturgis, Monday, September 10 from 2-4:00 pm and 6-8:00 pm at the Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle Street, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785. On Thursday, September 13, the BLM will host a public meeting in Hot Springs from 2-4:00pm and 6-8:00 pm at the Mueller Civic Center, 801 South Sixth Street, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747. Notifications of future scoping meetings will be released prior to meeting dates.

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the South Dakota Field Office. Comments on issues and planning criteria may be submitted in writing to Bureau of Land Management, Field Manager, South Dakota Field Office, 310 Roundup St., Belle Fourche, S. D. 57717; fax – 605-892-7015.

Respondent’s comments, including their names and street addresses, will be available for public review at the South Dakota Office during regular business hours 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, and may be published as part of the EIS. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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.

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