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 seeks public comment on proposed wild horse gather plan by 5/5/2015

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to gather excess wild horses in northwest Colorado within the White River Field Office to sustain healthy public lands and wild horse populations. The BLM is evaluating humane approaches to gathering the wild horses.  The BLM is proposing to use a helicopter to locate and guide wild horses toward a set of corrals as well as using water and bait trapping. The gathers could begin as early as September 2015. Up to 167 wild horses could be gathered and removed from the White River Field Office in 2015. Gathers could occur in the West Douglas Herd Area, the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area, as well as areas within the White River Field Office outside these boundaries. Public comments regarding proposed gather plans will be most helpful to the BLM if received by May 5, 2015. Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to  
  • Press Release 4.6.15
  • West Douglas Herd Area Preliminary EA
  • West Douglas Herd Area Unsigned FONSI
  • Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area Preliminary DNA
  • Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area Unsigned FONSI

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.