is an open public comment period that initiates the BLM's planning process. This stage of the planning process influences the scope or range of issues that the resource management plan (RMP) will seek to address. Public input during this phase of planning ensures that the BLM understands all of the issues that the public would like the RMP to address.
The BLM began the public scoping period for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA through the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on August 3, 2010. The public scoping period officially ended on October 1, 2010. In total, the BLM received 66 unique emails, letters and comments during the public scoping period. Over 2,000 identical form letters were also received, which were treated as one letter. Also included were letters that had been received during scoping for the Grand Junction Field Office and Uncompahgre Field Office RMP revisions and that specifically addressed the area that became the Dominguez-Escalante NCA.
Individual comments were then identified within each submission. Comments about issues that could be addressed during this planning effort were further categorized, coded, entered into a database, and analyzed. This yielded a total of 264 "planning issue" comments. See the actual scoping report and the graphs below for more detail on who submitted comments and what these comments were about.
Overview of resource management plan development (click on the chart for a larger version)