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.

The White River Field Office is transitioning into a new NEPA system. Please click here to visit the NEPA and ePlanning Website and access the  2015 NEPA Register .

BLM Seeking Comments on Trail Plan by 2/4/15.

The BLM is now seeking public comment on analysis for a comprehensive non-motorized trail network near Meeker in an area known as China Wall. The BLM and Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation & Park District are proposing to construct up to six new trails of approximately 12 miles open to pedestrian and bicycle use. The preliminary

Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available for public review. Comments regarding the proposal can be mailed to Aaron Grimes, WRFO, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to .



BLM Seeking Comments on Proposed Wild Horse Gathers by 2/14/15

The BLM is now seeking public comment concerning proposed gathers of excess wild horses in areas managed by the White River Field Office (WRFO). The WRFO is proposing to gather excess wild horses in the West Douglas Herd Area (WDHA) and the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (PEDHMA). The BLM is seeking public input on alternatives or issues that should be considered when evaluating the proposed gather operations in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Within the WRFO, the priority would be to remove excess wild horses from within and adjacent to the WDHA. However, if it becomes difficult to gather excess wild horses from that area, the WRFO would gather excess wild horses from areas within and adjacent to the PEDHMA. The WRFO is tentatively allocated space in holding facilities for up to 167 excess wild horses in fiscal year 2015; gather of any excess wild horses within the PEDHMA is contingent upon whether or not (and if so, how many) excess wild horses are gathered and removed from the WDHA. The documents outlining proposed gather operations are available through the following links: proposed WHDA gather and the proposed PEDHMA gather.

Comments regarding the proposals can be mailed to Melissa Kindall, WRFO, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to .

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.