Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Resource Management Plan Revision
The scoping period for the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas Resource Management Plan revision has begun. Click here for a complete schedule of upcoming public meetings.
What is a Resource Management Plan?
A resource management plan (RMP) is a land use plan that provides a framework for managing Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered lands over the next 15 to 20 years. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) requires the BLM to develop RMPs and update/revise them when appropriate. The revision process includes building on experience, applying new science, and working with collaborators. The BLM issued a Notice of Intent on July 26, 2013 to prepare the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas RMP Revision and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas RMP Revision project is an effort to revise the existing RMP for the BLM Oklahoma Field Office.
This planning process will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FLPMA, and BLM management policies. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns.
The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the RMP to ensure consideration of the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the planning process: minerals and geology, archaeology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, livestock grazing, recreation, sociology, and economics.
What is Scoping?
The purpose of the public scoping process is to identify issues and planning criteria that should be considered in the RMP and EIS and to initiate public participation in the planning process. BLM personnel will be present at upcoming scoping meetings to explain the planning process and other requirements for preparing an RMP and EIS.
You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting, or you may submit them to the BLM by mail or by e-mail. To be most helpful, submit formal scoping comments during the scoping period. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety. The comments and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public for 30 days after the scoping period to clarify the views expressed.
How Do I Comment?
Several official comments periods will occur throughout the RMP revision process, the first occurring during the public scoping period. The BLM is requesting public comment on issues, planning criteria, and potential alternatives for the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas RMP. The BLM encourages you to attend scheduled scoping meetings, but comments may also be submitted in writing via mail or e-mail. Download and fill out a and email it to BLM_NM_OKT_RMP@blm.gov, or mail/handcarry it to 7906 East 33rd Street, Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74145.
For further information, download a printable newsletter (PDF) or contact Laurence Levesque, Planning and Environmental Specialist, at the address above or by phone at 918–621–4136. You may also request to be added to the project mailing list to receive future updates.