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Land Use Planning & NEPA

This page contains information concerning the White River Field Office's Resource Management Plan, ongoing and future planning actions, and environmental analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more information regarding planning or NEPA projects, please contact the WRFO Planning and Environmental Coordinator at (970) 878-3800 or email  


Resource Management Plan:   The Colorado State BLM Director approved the Record of Decision (ROD) and White River Resource Management Plan (RMP) on July 1, 1997.  Click on the link below to view the ROD as well as the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). 

1997 White River RMP 

Amendments to the 1997 White River RMP 

Other On-Going Land Use Planning Efforts:

Oil and Gas Development Resource Management Plan Amendment :  The White River Field Office is working on a plan amendment and associated EIS that will address the potential impacts of significant increases in oil and gas development within the 1.5 million acre field office over the next 20 years. 

Northwest Colorado BLM Greater Sage-Grouse EIS: The BLM is writing an EIS to analyze incorporating new greater sage-grouse conservation measures into its RMPs for the five field offices within the Northwest District: the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt, the Grand Junction Field Office, the Kremmling Field Office, the Little Snake Field Office in Craig, and the White River Field Office in Meeker.


The White River Field Office maintains a register of environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As documents are completed, links to the final document will also be posted on the register. Please check the WRFO NEPA Register often as new projects are posted at least twice a month. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the projects listed on the register, please contact the Planning & Environmental Coordinator at 970-878-3800 or at Most projects also require compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The NEPA register serves as scoping for both NEPA and NHPA public involvement.

BLM seeks public comment on temporary land closure: The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comment on a proposal to temporarily close access to public lands 15 miles north of Meeker for safety reasons. The proposed 24-month closure would prohibit public access to 1,850 acres of public land near the Colowyo Mine in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The area of the proposed closure does not include all lands associated with the Colowyo Mine and only extends to a distance necessary to provide safety to visitors and mine employees. The public would still have access to other public lands in the area. An overview of the proposed closure as well as maps of the area can be found in the scoping letter. Comments regarding this proposal can be mailed to Heather Sauls, White River Field Office, 220 E Market St, Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to Comments would be most helpful if received by September 26, 2014.

BLM seeks public comment on proposed trail system: The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public scoping comments on the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District’s (ERBM) proposal to develop a comprehensive non-motorized trail network within the 2,000 acre BLM parcel adjacent to the Town of Meeker known as the China Wall area. The BLM is considering two alternative trail systems. Under Alternative A, ERBM would develop a more extensive trail system composed of 11.8 miles of new non-motorized trails on the China Wall BLM parcel (Map 1). Under Alternative B, ERBM would develop a less extensive trail system composed of 7.1 miles of new non-motorized trails (Map 2). Under both of the alternatives, the new trails would connect with the existing 6 miles non-motorized trails and 4 miles of existing two-track or gravels roads. This would result in a total of approximately 22 miles of trail included in the final trail system in Alternative A or approximately 17 miles of trail in the final trail system in Alternative B.

Comments regarding this proposal can be mailed to Aaron Grimes, White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to Comments would be most helpful if received by October 7, 2014. A public meeting will be held on September 18, 2014 from 5:30-7:00pm at the White River Field Office. At this point in the process, we are especially interested in public input regarding issues, impacts, and potential alternatives that should be addressed in the environmental assessment of the proposed trail system.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.