Planning Process

The nine steps to Resource Management Planning (RMP) are:

1.  Planning Issue Identification

Issues and concerns were identified through a scoping process that included the public, tribal governments, other federal agencies, and state and local governments.  This scoping process included open houses that were conducted in 2005.

Click here to see the list of Planning Issues identified.

Click here to see the Scoping Summary Report.

2.  Planning Criteria Development

Planning criteria have been drafted to ensure decisions are made to address the issues pertinent to the planning effort.  The RMP's list of Planning Criteria were derived and developed from a variety of sources including applicable laws and regulations, existing management plans, coordination of other agencies' programs, and the results of public scoping. 

3.  Data and Information Collection

Data and information for the resources in the planning area are collected based on the preliminary planning issue themes and criteria.

4.  Analysis of the Management Situation

The current management of resource in the planning area was assessed and documented in April 2005 in the Analysis of the Management Situation.  Click here to see the summary reports.

5.  Alternatives Formulation

A range of reasonable management alternatives that addressed issues identified during scoping was developed.

6.  Alternatives Assessment

The effects of each alternative were analyzed.

7.  Preferred Alternative Selection

The alternative that best resolves planning issues was identified as the preferred alternative.

8.  Management Plan Selection

A Draft RMP/EIS was prepared and made available for public review for 90 calendar days from June 25 through September 25, 2010 (this period was extended until October 25, 2010). Comments to the draft document have been received and analyzed.  Based on consideration of these comments and in consultation with nine cooperating agencies, a Resource Advisory Council Subgroup, and tribal governments, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS was developed. 

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. A 60-day Governor's consistency review period has also been initiated.  After the protest period and a Governor's 60-day review period, a Record of Decision will be signed approving the final RMP.

9.  Implementation and Monitoring

The management measures outlined in the approved RMP will be implemented on the ground and future monitoring will be conducted to evaluate their effectiveness.

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