BLM's planning process involved 9 steps as shown below:
Publication of this document constitutes completion of Step 8b. Public involvement occurred at several steps in the process.
The planning process is designed to help the BLM identify the uses of BLM administered lands desired by the public and consider those uses to the extent consistent with the laws established by Congress and the policies of the executive branch of the Federal government regarding management of those lands.
Where BLM manages only the subsurface mineral estate, the plan and EIS address only the management of BLM administered minerals.