Background Documents

Preparation Plan for the RMP
Pre-Plan (271 KB)

Notice of Intent to Prepare RMP
Notice of Intent (40 KB)  

Scoping Summary

Scoping Summary (506 KB): This report summarizes the public input received at the beginning of the planning process.

Analysis of Management Situation (AMS)

This report describes the current conditions and trends of resources and uses in the planning area

Cover Page (143 KB)
Table of Contents (142 KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (162 KB)
Chapter 2 - Air Quality (747 KB)
Chapter 3 - Cultural Resources(315 KB)
Chapter 4 - Fire Management (143 KB)
Chapter 5 - Hazardous Materials (159 KB)
Chapter 6 - Lands and Realty (246 KB)
Chapter 7 - Grazing and Domestic Livestock (255 KB)
Chapter 8 - Minerals and Geology (127 KB)
Chapter 9 - Paleontology (200 KB)
Chapter 10 - Recreation (266 KB)
Chapter 11 - Riparian Resources (309 KB)
Chapter 12 - Vegetation (194 KB)
Chapter 13 - Visual Resources (139 KB)
Chapter 14 - Watershed and Soils (238 KB)
Chapter 15 - Wilderness (113 KB)
Chapter 16 - Wildlife (2 MB)
Chapter 17 - Wild and Scenic Rivers (183 KB)
Chapter 18 - Woodland and Timber Resources (133 KB)




AMS Maps

AMS Maps 1-1 to 12-1 (19.12 MB)
AMS Maps 13-1 to 15-3 (5.2 MB)
AMS Maps 16-1 to 18-1 (22 MB)

AMS Appendices

Socioeconomic Baseline Reports

Socioeconomic Baseline Report for Grand County (433 KB)
Socioeconomic Baseline Report for San Juan County (1.3 MB) 

Mineral Potential Report and Maps

Moab Field Office Mineral Potential Report (1.1 MB) 
Maps 1-5 (2.6 MB)
Maps 6-10 (5.5 MB)
Maps 11-15 (4.5 MB)
Maps 16-20 (2.8 MB)
Maps 21-26 (3.1 MB)

Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario for Oil and Gas

Moab Field Office Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario for Oil and Gas (4.5 MB)

Wild and Scenic Rivers Review Eligibility Determination 

Wild and Scenic Rivers Review Eligibility Determination (4.6 MB) 

Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Evaluation

Moab Field Office ACEC Evaluation (2.1 MB) 

Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas

The Moab Field Office has one designated wilderness area (Black Ridge Wilderness Area) totalling 5,200 acres. There are 11 Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) totalling 349,824 acres in the Moab Field Office. Please click here for a link to Chapter 15A of the AMS for more information about the Wilderness Area and WSAs.

Non WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics Review Findings

1999 Utah Wilderness Inventory and 2003 Revision
The 1999 Utah Wilderness Inventory was conducted by the Bureau of Land Management between 1996 and 1999 to determine whether certain public lands in Utah possess wilderness characteristics. As a result of public comment and subsequent internal review of inventory files and field evaluations, adjustments were made to the boundaries of wilderness character areas identified in the 1999 inventory. For information about these adjustments please click on the 2003 Revision. This process identified 22 areas totalling 191,206 acres as having wilderness characteristics

2007 Non WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
During the preparation of this draft RMP, additional analyses of non WSA lands with wilderness characteristics were completed in response to scoping. Twenty five areas were evaluated. Eighteen areas totalling 75,279 acres were found to possess wilderness characteristics. Review findings for all 25 areas are available below.

Please click here for a link to Chapter 15B of the AMS for background information.

Additional determinations will be posted to this page as they are completed.

Colorado River from Dome PlateauArches Adjacent (538 KB)
Beaver Creek (487 KB)
Behind the Rocks (120 KB)
Big Triangle (270 KB)
Coyote Wash (265 KB)
Dead Horse Cliffs (198 KB)
Diamond Canyon (596 KB)
Dome Plateau (486 KB)
Duma Point (314 KB)
Fisher Towers (144 KB)
Goldbar (274 KB)
Gooseneck (132 KB)
Hatch/Lockhart/Harts (2 MB)
Hells Hole (106 KB)
Hideout Canyon (167 KB)
Horsethief Point (400 KB)
Labyrinth Canyon (714 KB)
Mary Jane Canyon (286 KB)
Mexico Point (225 KB)
Mill Creek (119 KB)
Morning Glory (199 KB)
Porcupine Rim (307 KB)
Renegade Point (161 KB)
Westwater Canyon (254 KB)
Yellow Bird (243 KB) 

Wilderness Characteristics Reviews

Section 201 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to maintain on a continuing basis an inventory of all public lands and their resources and other values, which includes wilderness characteristics. To maintain this inventory, the BLM relies on its own staff, but also on information presented to the BLM by the public requesting that an inventory of one or more areas be updated. The procedures for conducting such an inventory are outlined in the BLM Manual 6310 (2012), and can be found here. The FLPMA does not require the BLM to manage an area for these characteristics; Decisions regarding management of areas for wilderness characteristics values are made as part of a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment or revision process.

The basic requirements for the BLM to conclude that an area possesses wilderness characteristics are:
  • A minimum size of 5,000 acres (a smaller area can be considered if it borders an area previously found by the BLM or other agencies to possess wilderness characteristics);
  • The appearance of naturalness to the average visitor (generally, this means the area must appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, and any work of human beings must be substantially unnoticeable.); and
  • Outstanding opportunities for solitude and/or primitive and unconfined recreation.
If these requirements are met the BLM will issue a finding to that effect, and add the lands in question to its inventory of lands found to possess wilderness characteristics. This finding does not require the BLM to manage the lands in question to protect the inventoried wilderness characteristics. It does require the BLM to consider the impacts of proposals on these values.
Since the approval of the RMP for the Moab Field Office in October of 2008, the BLM has received new information either internally or from outside groups for several areas which merited a new inventory.
The areas reviewed to date include the following: (Clicking on the link for each area will take you to another page containing the BLM’s determination on the area in question and a map of the area