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Resource Management Plan: Navigating the draft RMP
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Resource management plans can be complex and lengthy documents. It helps to have a game plan for reading them. Click here for a fact sheet with suggestions on how to read the Dominguez-Escalante draft RMP.

One way to navigate the draft RMP is to read the Executive Summary and Introduction, then choose the sections you are interested in. Below is a breakdown of the major sections of the document.

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    Executive Summary:
 
Provides an overview of the entire draft RMP. This is a good place to start.
 
    Chapter 1 (Introduction):
 
Describes the purpose and need for the document itself, describes the planning area and planning process, and lists the planning issues being addressed.
 
    Chapter 2 (Alternatives):
 
Provides a summary description of each of the five alternatives under consideration in the draft RMP. The Alternatives Matrix displays the goals, objectives, actions and allowable uses being considered by the BLM.
 
    Chapter 3 (Affected Environment):
 
Describes current conditions in the D-E NCA for all resources, resources uses, special designations, and socioeconomic concerns.
 
    Chapter 4 (Environmental Consequences):
 
Describes the anticipated impacts of the BLM's alternatives. This chapter is organized by resources, resources uses, special designations and socioeconomic concerns.
 
    Chapter 5 (Consultation and Coordination):
 
Describes the public outreach that has so far been completed as part of this planning effort
 
    Chapter 7 (Glossary):
 
Defines terms used throughout the document.
 
    Appendix A (Planning for Priority Vegetation/Habitats and Species):
 
Describes in detail the system being used to evaluate the health of priority biological resources in the D-E NCA.
 
     Appendix C (Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Probability of Interaction Model):
 
Describes the model being used to assess the probablility of interaction between permitted domestic sheep and wild desert bighorn sheep within the D-E NCA.
 
    Appendix I (Special Recreation Permit Program Overview):
 
Outlines a process for the BLM to evaluate proposed special recreation permits within the D-E NCA.
 
    Appendix L (Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) Setting Descriptions):
 
Outlines the desired setting characteristics for the SRMAs identified in Chapter 2.
 
    Appendix M (Evaluation of Proposed and Existing Areas of Critical Environmental Concern):
 
Describes the BLM's evaluation of proposed and existing areas of critical environmental concern (ACECs).
 
    Appendix N (Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan):
 
Outlines the process used by the BLM for travel management decisions and provides information on route-by-route designations being proposed to support the five alternatives presented in Chapter 2.
 
    Appendix O (Wild and Scenic River Suitability Report):
 
Presents the process and findings of the BLM's study of suitability for all eligible rivers and creeks within the D-E NCA.


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