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The Little Snake Field Office (LSFO), Colorado Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is developing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for all the federal surface and mineral estate managed by BLM within the Little Snake Field Office boundary in three counties in northwest Colorado – Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties.
The Little Snake Planning Area encompasses approximately 1.3 million acres of BLM-administered public lands and 1.1 million acres of federally-owned mineral estate. Land ownership in the Field Office ranges from large tracts of BLM land to patches of public land surrounded by private and state lands.
The overall objective of the LSFO RMP planning effort is to provide a collaborative, community-based planning approach that assists BLM in updating the management and resource allocation decisions of the existing RMP. The RMP will be revised to demonstrate active engagement of the community in a collaborative planning effort and to incorporate adaptive management decision-making where appropriate during the public scoping process.
The RMP will address a wide variety of issues and subsequent analysis of a reasonable range of alternatives. The analysis of resources and values within the planning area will permit the development of recommendations in alternatives for actions that could be taken in the Field Office to enhance the management of resources.
The plan will be comprehensive in nature, and will resolve or address a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to:
As part of the plan preparation, a supporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also be prepared. Both the RMP and EIS will be developed concurrently following specific BLM and NEPA processes. For a full explanation of the planning process, visit the RMP Process section of this website.
This website is your source of information for participating in the planning process. Here you will find the latest information on the development of the RMP and EIS, including background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other documents.
You can also use this website to add yourself to the project mailing list or to submit a comment during scoping and during the comment period for the Draft RMP/EIS. Learn more.
An integral component of the Little Snake RMP development process is community involvement. Throughout the plan development, BLM expects that various partners, cooperating agencies, stakeholders, and the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will become involved in the process and will assist in providing a wide variety of data in support of this effort.
In addition, the Northwest Colorado Stewardship (NWCOS) was established in April 2003 as an independent, community-centered stewardship group that will be specifically critical in the RMP revision process. To learn more about community involvement, visit the Community-Based Planning section of this website.