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The BLM Grand Junction Field Office is in the process of revising its Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide management of about 1 million acres of public land it administers.
The Draft RMP was released in January of 2013. The Draft RMP was made available for a 90-day public comment period (extended to June 24)
The BLM has created a new proposed alternative that is based upon the four alternatives that were anazlyzed in the draft plan and public comments. A proposed RMP and final EIS is being released for a 30 day public protest period.
Alternative B (the Proposed RMP) uses the Alternative B (Preferred Alternative)from the Draft RMP/EIS as its foundation. It carries forward the same theme asthe Preferred Alternative found in the Draft
RMP/EIS, but also includes elementsof the other four alternatives analyzed in the Draft RMP/EIS.
Alternative B seeksto allocate limited public land resources among competing human interests,
landuses, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. Goals andobjectives focus on
environmental, economic, and social outcomes achieved bystrategically addressing demands across
the landscape. Management directionwould be broad to accommodate a variety of values and uses.
Decisions underthis alternative would seek to provide an overall balance between theprotection,
restoration, and enhancement of natural and cultural values, whileallowing resource use and
development in existing or reasonable locations.