An agreement for implementation of the SNPLMA, entitled The Federal Partners Charter, was first developed in 1999 by a team of representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), USDA Forest Service (USFS), and the National Park Service (NPS). The purpose of the agreement was to address how the Federal agencies could work together to implement those portions of the SNPLMA that require coordination both within the Department of the Interior and between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. The team also addressed the requirements related to coordination and consultation with the State of Nevada, local governments, and interested parties. The Federal Partners Charter outlined a collaborative process for developing a recommendation for the Secretary of the Interior regarding the SNPLMA Special Account expenditures and served to guide the development of the Round 1 Recommendation for expenditures. The Charter was renamed the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Implementation Agreement in May 2000. The lessons learned since Round 1 in executing the process have proven valuable in modifying the terms of the Implementation Agreement in order to make the process more efficient and effective over time. A continuous improvement approach was adopted, and the Implementation Agreement has been revised on a relatively frequent basis to address process changes and improvements, and to reflect amendments to the SNPLMA legislation.
The Implementation Agreement is expected to continue to evolve during the life of the SNPLMA. Maintenance of the Implementation Agreement is the responsibility of the Partners Working Group (PWG). BLM prepares draft revisions based on processes put into place with the Executive Committee since the previous version was approved; SNPLMA Division recommendations; Executive Committee decisions approved through the decision memorandum process regarding changes in policy, processes, or procedures; comments and suggestions from Federal managers and SNPLMA Subgroup members; and PWG recommendations. The BLM distributes the draft revisions for review and comment by the category subgroups and others involved in implementation of the SNPLMA. A final draft accepted by the PWG is then submitted to the Executive Committee for approval. All proposed changes must be approved by the Executive Committee before they take effect except those effective as of the date of any prior Executive Committee decisions.