This Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a comprehensive plan that establishes the general land management and use determinations for guiding and controlling the future management of the public lands in the Roswell Resource Area. This plan was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.
This Resource Management Plan addresses the management all uses of the public lands on about 1,490,000 acres in the Roswell Resource Area where both the surface and subsurface estates are in federal ownership and are administered by the BLM (See Table 1). This Plan also presents management for an additional 8.4 million acres of federal mineral estate where the surface is managed by other surface management agencies of the federal or New Mexico State governments, or is in private ownership. In these cases, the leasing of fluid minerals (i.e., oil and gas) is administered by the BLM.
The public lands described above, including the mineral estate, are administered by the Bureau of Land Management through its Roswell Resource Area Office. The Roswell Resource Area encompasses Chaves County (except for the “bootheel”) and all of Lincoln, DeBaca, Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, and Guadalupe counties in southeastern and east-central New Mexico.
All land and resource uses and activities in the planning area must conform with the decisions and terms and conditions of use described in this plan. Detailed decisions for the implementation of specific actions will be made through activity planning and environmental review that will be completed prior to the implementation of the action. Likewise, the authorization of specific uses will be predicated on conformance with planning decisions and the completion of environmental review.
Descriptions of the affected environment and the environmental consequences of managing public lands in the planning area were previously addressed in the Draft Roswell RMP/EIS and Proposed Roswell RMP/FEIS, and are not discussed in this document.
The Surface Use and Occupancy Requirements (Appendix 1) will be applied, when applicable, to all actions described in this plan.