Why are These Documents Being Prepared Now?

The Resource Management Plan (RMP)

The lands within the Winnemucca District are currently managed in accordance with the Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio Management Framework Plans which were originally implemented in 1982 and amended in 1999.  These plans are intended to guide management activities for 15 to 20 years.  Toward the end of this time frame BLM usually prepares a new plan to reflect the continually evolving public land use patterns, needs, and issues in a geographic area.

There are three main reasons the Winnemucca RMP is being written:

  • To respond to changing resource conditions;
  • To respond to new issues and federal policies; and,
  • To prepare a comprehensive framework for managing public lands administered by the BLM.

In addition to striving to meet these goals, the RMP will establish new land use planning decisions to address issues identified through public scoping and agency and tribal collaboration.  Management actions from the existing management framework plans may be brought forward into the RMP as appropriate.


Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires the BLM to consider a range of alternatives in its planning process and to analyze and disclose the potential environmental impacts of proposed RMP decisions.  The alternatives and the impact analysis are documents in the EIS.  The EIS process also provides opportunities for participation by the public, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and tribal governments in developing the RMP.