Alternatives were created using the interdisciplinary Route Evaluation Tree Process©. The themes and descriptions of the alternatives follow:
- Alternative A: No Action. Alternative A describes the current management of BLM-administered public lands in the planning area. The current management would continue to occur if no new decisions are made to alter them.
- Alternative B: Protection. Alternative B emphasizes minimal human use and influence, and enhanced protection of remoteness and primitive recreation.
- Alternative C: Proposed. Alternative C would provide an optimal balance between authorized resource use and the protection and long-term sustainability of sensitive resources within the planning area.
- Alternative D: Access. Alternative D places an emphasis on maximum resource use and a more flexible, permissive resource management approach.