U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Draft RMP / Draft EIS
The BLM has implemented a collaborative, community-based planning process for the RMP/EIS and public input is critical to its success. Issues raised through public participation have driven the different management options that are considered in the RMP which will ultimately lead to how BLM public lands are managed.
The Public Comment period on the Draft RMP was initiated by the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on June 25, 2010. The comment period was to end on September 25, 2010 but it was extended to October 25, 2010.
Open House Meetings
All meetings were held between 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Proposed RMP / Final EIS
Based on consideration of public comments, and in consultation with nine cooperating agencies, a Resource Advisory Council Subgroup, and tribal governments, the WD prepared the Proposed RMP / Final EIS.
The BLM published its Notice of Availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on September 6, 2013. The Environmental Protection Agency also published its notice in the Federal Register (EPA Notice), which initiates a 30-day public protest period until October 7, 2013.
Pursuant to BLM's planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2 (Protest Regulations), any person who participated in the planning process for the Proposed RMP and has an interest, which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions, may protest approval of the planning decisions within 30 days from the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register. For further information on filing a protest, please see the Protest Regulations. Take care to document all relevant facts. As much as possible, reference or cite the planning documents or available planning records (e.g., meeting minutes or summaries, correspondence, etc.).
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original, signed protest letter by either regular or overnight mail postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider emailed protest as an advance copy and will afford it full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emails to Brenda_Hudgens-Williams@blm.gov .
All protests, including the follow-up letter to emails, must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, please be advised that your entire protest - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
All protests must be written and must be postmarked on or before the 30th day following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of the notice of receipt of the Final EIS in the Federal Register (see Protest Regulations). Protests must contain the following information:
The BLM Director will make every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior. Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director's Protest Decision Report made available following issuance of the decisions.
Unlike land use planning decisions, implementation decisions included in this Proposed RMP / Final EIS are not subject to protest under the BLM planning regulations, but are subject to an administrative review process, through appeals to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) pursuant to 43 CFR, Part 4 Subpart E. Implementation decisions generally constitute the BLM's final approval allowing on-the-ground actions to proceed. Where implementation decisions are made as part of the land use planning process, they are still subject to the appeals process or other administrative review as prescribed by specific resource program regulations once the BLM resolves the protests to land use planning decisions and issues an Approved RMP and Record of Decision (ROD). The Approved RMP and ROD will therefore identify the implementation decisions made in the plan that may be appealed to the Office of Hearing and Appeals.