Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Resource Management Plan Revision
Check this page regularly for updates on the planning process.
UPDATE -- July 29, 2014 -- BLM Congressional Testimony Regarding H.R. 4979, 'Red River Private Property Protection Act'
BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis recently testified before the House Natural Resources Public Lands & Environmental Regulation Subcommittee on H.R. 4979, Red River Private Property Protection Act. Click here to read Deputy Director Ellis' testimony.
UPDATE -- June 24, 2014 -- BLM Posts FAQs Regarding History of Public Domain Land in the Red River, Land Use Planning, and Management Authorities
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
UPDATE -- June 23, 2014 -- BLM Replies to Red River Questions Raised by Texas Attorney General Abbott
BLM Director Neil Kornze recently addressed several questions regarding Red River management issues raised by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Click here to read Attorney General Abbott's letter and Director Kornze's reply.
UPDATE -- June 5, 2014 -- Final Scoping Summary Report Available
The final Scoping Summary Report for the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available.
The Report reflects public comments received during the formal scoping period, which ran from November 2013 through January 2014 and included 20 public and tribal meetings across the three-state planning area. The Report will inform the development of alternatives to be analyzed by the agency in preparing a Proposed RMP/EIS.
UPDATE -- May 5, 2014 -- BLM Addresses Concerns About Red River Management Plans
The BLM’s project to update its Resource Management Plan for Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas has generated a lot of interest in recent weeks. In particular, the agency’s efforts to identify management alternatives for public lands along the Red River have given rise to concerns among local landowners about potential impacts. The Oklahoma Field Office recently concluded a 90-day scoping period during which 20 public and tribal meetings were held throughout the three-state region to solicit input from stakeholders. This input will guide the agency’s planning efforts going forward. Oklahoma Field Office Manager Steve Tryon was pleased to have the opportunity to publically address many of these issues and concerns in an opinion piece recently published in the Houston Chronicle.
Field office staff are continuing their outreach by meeting with local residents, elected officials and other interested parties. Broad public involvement promises to yield a plan that upholds the interests of all concerned and allows the agency to maximize the value of the resources entrusted to it by the American people.
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.
For further information, download a printable newsletter (PDF) or contact Laurence Levesque, Planning and Environmental Specialist, at 918–621–4136, BLM_NM_OKT_RMP@blm.gov, or 7906 East 33rd Street, Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74145. Check back here for future updates.