The BLM is in the process of creating the first-ever resource management plan (RMP) written exclusively for the 210,012 acres of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. The BLM launched the development of this RMP on August 3, 2010, with the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register.
After almost two years of dedicated work and continuous public involvement, the draft RMP was made available for public review and comment from May 17 to September 23, 2013.
NEXT STEP: The next step in the RMP planning process is preparation of the Proposed RMP, which will incorporate changes to the draft RMP that were made as a result of public comments.
Overview of the Resource Management Plan Development Process
Flow chart of the Dominguez-Escalante NCA resource management planning process, with dates of completion for each step (click on the chart for a larger version)
What is a resource management plan?
- A long-range plan to ensure that public lands are managed sustainably according to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and in accordance with other laws, policies, etc.
What kinds of decisions are made in a resource management plan?
- Allocation-level decisions, which are broad in focus and take a long-term approach.
- Decisions that will guide management of the NCA's resources and resource uses for the next 10-20 years.
Which stage of the planning process is the BLM in now?
- The BLM is processing and analyzing public comments on its draft RMP to prepare the Proposed RMP.
| Where do we go from here?|
- After analyzing comments from the public, the BLM will develop a proposed RMP, which will include a final EIS. The proposed RMP/final EIS is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2014.
- The release of a proposed RMP initiates a 30-day protest period and governor's consistency review.
- The BLM will then prepare and sign a record of decision (ROD), tentatively scheduled for publication in December 2014.
Public Involvement in the RMP Planning Process
Throughout the planning process, the BLM facilitated many opportunities for public involvement:
- Two scoping open houses to initiate a 60-day public scoping period (August - October 2010 )
- Two travel management open houses to initiate a separate travel management comment period (November 2010 - May 2011)
- Six recreation/wilderness discussion forums, led by Colorado Mesa University (Fall 2010)
- Two socioeconomic workshops (October 2011)
- Thirty-one D-E NCA Advisory Council meetings, all of which were--and continue to be--open to the public (2011 to present)
- Three D-E NCA Advisory Council field trips (2011)
- Two open houses for the draft RMP (2013)
- 130-day public comment period for the draft RMP (2013)
The BLM also coordinated with representatives of several different constituencies:
- Three county governments (Delta, Mesa and Montrose)
- Three municipal governments (Delta, Grand Junction and Montrose)
- Two state agencies (Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Water Conservation Board)
- Two federal agencies (the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service)
- Three tribal governments (Ute Indian Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe)
Two additional groups of stakeholders provided the BLM with recommendations regarding the suitability of segments within the D-E NCA for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System.
For further information, contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office:
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: (970) 244-3000
Fax: (970) 244-3083