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LAND USE PLANNING
 

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Final San Juan National Forest/

Proposed Tres Rios Field Office

Land and Resource Management Plan

& Final Environmental Impact Statement

 

In conjunction with U.S. Forest Service (USFS) planning efforts and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the BLM has prepared and is announcing the availability of a Proposed Land and Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (LRMP/FEIS) for BLM public lands in the San Juan Public Lands Planning Area.

 

The Planning Area includes portions of the southwestern Colorado counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, San Juan, and San Miguel.  Management decisions proposed in the LRMP and analyzed in the FEIS pertain to approximately 500,000 surface acres and 300,000 acres of subsurface mineral estate administered by the BLM Tres Rios Field Office.  In addition, the LRMP addresses management of San Juan National Forest lands administered by the USFS.  BLM lands within the Planning Area are currently managed under the San Juan/San Miguel Resource Management Plan, which was approved in 1985 and has been amended seven times.

 

The BLM worked with local communities and interested and affected individuals and groups to develop the LRMP/FEIS.  Public comments and internal agency review of the Draft were considered and incorporated as appropriate into the LRMP/FEIS.  Based on comments, the BLM identified the need to prepare a Supplement to the Draft EIS in order to consider the Reasonable Foreseeable Development potential of oil and gas in the Gothic Shale Gas Play.  In addition, comments were helpful in clarifying text and updating information, but did not substantially change proposed land use plan decisions.

 
 

PLAN  TIMELINE

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 PROPOSED  LRMP/FINAL  EIS

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Volume I:  Final Environmental Impact Statement

Volume II: Final San Juan National Forest and Proposed Tres Rios Field Office Land and Resource Management Plan

Cover and Title Page

Dear Reader (including BLM Protest and USFS Appeal Procedures)

Executive Summary

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Need

Chapter 2 - Alternatives

Chapter 3 - Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences

Chapter 4 - Public Involvement and Coordination

Chapter 5 - References

Cover and Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Resource Direction

Chapter 3 - Area Direction

Chapter 4 - Monitoring Plans

Chapter 5 - Literature Cited

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Volume III:  Appendices

A - BLM Lands Available for Disposal

B - Paleontological Resources

C - Roadless Area Inventory and Wilderness Evaluation

D - Wild and Scenic Rivers Suitability

E - Special Recreation Management Areas

F - Projected Activities for Impact Analysis

G - Climate Change Trends and Management Strategy

H - Oil and Gas Leasing Stipulations

I - Vulnerable Watersheds

J - Biological Assessment

K - Fire Regime and Condition Class

L - BLM Grazing Allotment Status and Permitted Animal Unit Months

M - Land and Resource Management Plan Components Related to Terrestrial Wildlife Species

N - Sage Grouse Best Management Practices

O - BLM Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

P - Federally Listed Species and Sensitive Species

Q - Plan Components Addressing Species Diversity and Population Viability

R - BLM Master Leasing Plan Policy and Description of Leasing Analysis

S - Response to Comments on the San Juan/Tres Rios Draft Land and Resource Management Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

T - San Juan National Forest Biological Evaluation and BLM Sensitive Species Analysis

U - Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

V - Final Environmental Impact Statement Maps

W - Analysis of Plans and Land Use Policies of Adjacent Governments and Tribes

 

 

 MAP:  Overview  of  Planning  Area

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PROTESTING  BLM

PLAN  DECISIONS

Pursuant to BLM planning regulations (outlined in 43 CFR 1610.5-2), any person who participated in the planning process for this LRMP and has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by any of the plan decisions, were given the opportunity to protest the approval of those decisions within 30 days from the date on which the Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register.

Land Use Plan Decisions

Protests regarding BLM land use plan decisions were accepted in writing.  Emails were not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provided the original letter by regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period.  The protest period originally closed on October 21, but was extended through November 7 due to the federal government shutdown.

 

Press Release - Extension of Protest Closing Date through November 7

 

Protest Resolutions

The BLM Director will make every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested.  Decisions of the BLM Director are final.  Responses will be compiled and formalized in a Director's Protest Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions.

Upon resolution of all land use plan protests, the BLM will issue an approved LRMP and Record of Decision (ROD).  The approved LRMP/ROD will be mailed to all who participated in the planning process and/or made available on this webpage.

Implementation Decisions

Implementation decisions generally constitute the BLM's final approval authorizing on-the-ground actions to proceed.  Unlike land use planning decisions, implementation decisions in the LRMP/FEIS are not subject to protest under BLM planning regulations, but are subject to administrative review through appeal to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals (pursuant to 43 CFR, Part 4 Subpart E).  Implementation decisions made as part of the land use planning process are still subject to appeal or administrative review (as prescribed by specific resource program regulations) once the BLM resolves protests to land use planning decisions and issues an approved LRMP/ROD. The approved LRMP/ROD will identify the implementation decisions that may be appealed.

For BLM-specific issues and questions, contact BLM Southwest District NEPA Specialist Gina Jones:

·      by US Mail to 2465 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO  81401

·      by Email to gmjones@blm.gov

·      by Phone at 970-240-5381

·      through the Federal Information Relay Service (for individuals with hearing impairments) at 1-800-877-8339


 

SUPPORTING  INFORMATION

Documents & Links


Federal Register Notice

 

ArcGIS Geospatial Data Files (USFS)

 

 Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario

 

 Air Quality Technical Support Document

 

 Comprehensive Air Resource Protection Plan (2013)

 

 Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

 

 Draft Land Management Plan (2007)

 

 Draft Supplement (2011)

 

San Juan National Forest Planning Page

 

 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Resource Management Plan (2010)


Paper copies of the LRMP/Final EIS are available for review at the following locations:

·       San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301

·       Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323

·       Columbine Ranger District, 367 Pearl Street, Bayfield, CO 81122

·       Pagosa Ranger District, 180 Pagosa Street, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

·       BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215

·       USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401

·       Public Libraries in Cortez, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Dove Creek, Norwood, Silverton, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Fort Lewis College-Durango

 

 Tres Rios Field Office
29211 Highway 184
Dolores, Colorado  81323

Phone:  970.882.7296
FAX:  970.882.6841
Connie Clementson, Field Manager