The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a review of its Resource Management Plans that guide its efforts.
Congress has directed the BLM to develop the RMPs for the public lands it manages in consultation with the public and with its partners from tribal, state, and local governments and other federal agencies.
In addition to a formal review period associated with the rule-making process, the BLM is seeking input on the planning process. For more information visit (www.blm.gov/plan2) where feedback also can be provided.
In North Dakota, the BLM's North Dakota Field Office manages over 4.1 million acres of federal and Indian trust mineral estate in the western one-third of the state and about 58,000 acres of public land, mostly in Dunn and Bowman Counties, according to the BLM Montana-Dakota website.
The office manages about 2,000 oil and gas leases, and also has trust responsibility for more than 3,000 oil and gas leases located on the Fort Berthold Reservation or on Turtle Mountain tracts which are scattered across the northern portion of North Dakota.
The public lands have yielded important scientific fossil discoveries, including dinosaurs, catfish, sharks, and rhinoceros. The N.D. Field Office also holds wild horse and burro adoptions.