The BLM relies on public involvement at every stage of land use planning and when considering whether to authorize proposed projects and activities on the public lands. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) establishes the framework for public involvement in the BLM's decision-making, which is further specified in regulations developed by the Council on Environmental Quality and in handbooks and other statements of policy.
Through public meetings, review and comment on NEPA documents, and avenues for protest and appeal, the BLM arrives at sound decisions for using the public lands while sustaining their health, diversity and productivity.
BLM-Idaho uses the ePlanning application, a nationwide searchable database for publishing planning and project information online, to manage its NEPA Register.
ePlanning brings land-use planning and NEPA processes to you at home, at work or through your local library. With an Internet-connected computer, you can open and read land use planning and NEPA documents on issues such as recreation, wildlife or energy development.
BLM Idaho also uses public participation (scoping) to develop information about historic and cultural resources that could be affected by a proposed project or action. This helps the agency identify potential impacts to these resources, to meet requirements in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).