U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Public scoping is the process of determining the scope of public concerns, desires, or issues by gathering initial input from a wide variety of sources. This process helps the BLM to better understand the nature and extent of issues and impacts to be addressed in the RMP and the methods by which they will be examined. The official start of the scoping period began with the publication in the Federal Register of the Notice of Intent to Prepare a Resource Management Plan on March 25, 2005. The comment period ended on May 24, 2005. During those 60 days, open houses were held on May 2, 2005 (Winnemucca, NV); May 3, 2005 (Lovelock, NV); May 4, 2005 (Gerlach, NV); and on May 5, 2005 (Reno, NV). For more information please refer to the Scoping Summary Report.
Development of Planning Issues and Criteria
During May and June of 2005 BLM resource specialists, along with Tetra Tech, Inc., considered comments received during the scoping period and developed a list of planning issues and criteria.
Data Collection and Analysis
From March 2005 to September 2006 baseline studies were conducted to gather information on the current condition of resources and management of those resources.
Formation of Alternatives
From June 2005 through December 2009 the Winnemucca District and Tetra Tech resource specialists, along with the assistance of cooperating agencies and the Resource Advisory Council Subgroup, developed a set of alternatives that could address the resource management issues and criteria raised during the public scoping period. One of the alternatives was to continue with the current management as delineated in the Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio MFPs.
Public Review of Draft RMP/EIS
The BLM released the Draft RMP/EIS to the public for a 90 day review period on June 25, 2010. The comment period was extended until October 25, 2010.
During this period, public comments were received through a variety of avenues. Open house meetings were held on Monday, July 26, in Winnemucca; Tuesday, July 27, in Lovelock; Wednesday, July 28, in Gerlach; and Thursday, July 29, in Reno. Please refer to the "Getting Involved" page for more information or to download a PDF fillable comment form.
Comments were gathered, organized, analyzed. Based on consideration of public comments, and input from Cooperating Agencies, the WD is in the procees of modifying alternatives; supplementing, improving, and modifying the analysis; and making factual clarifications to maps, figures and tables.
Development of Proposed RMP/Final EIS
Like the draft version, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS will undergo extensive review at the District, State and Washington office levels. Based on the current schedule estimates, the BLM anticipates issuance of the Proposed RMP/Final Environmental Impact Statement in summer of 2013.
|Last updated: 04-01-2013|
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