Planning

Vernal Field Office Releases Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan

The Vernal Field Office (VFO) is responsible for land use planning efforts on 1,725,500 acres of surfaced-managed public lands and 1,911,000 acres of sub-surface managed mineral estate (includes the Hill Creek Extension comprising an additional 185,500 acres) lands. 

In addition to the current Resource Management Plan (RMP) effort, other environmental documents are developed by the Field Office under the guidance of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Information on all other proposals under consideration by the VFO can be found on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB).

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Gasco EIS
Link to Gasco EIS


National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed by Congress in 1969 and signed into law by President Nixon on January 1, 1970. It is through this Act that the BLM, as a federal agency, is responsible for preparing documents that analyze the environmental consequences of its actions and assist in determining whether a proposed action would have a significant impact on our environment. Most actions that are proposed on, or would affect, public lands or resources must be reviewed for NEPA compliance. Different levels of documentation that are routinely prepared for this review include a Categorical Exclusion (CX), Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA), Environmental Assessment (EA), or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

Environmental Notification Bulletin Board

The Utah BLM is committed to fully informing and involving the public in decisions regarding the use of public lands.  The Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) is a searchable list of proposals under consideration by the Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that provides a brief description of proposed actions and identifies potentially affected or involved resources or values that are of interest to the public.

All proposals are listed on the ENBB regardless of the level of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation that applies.  Therefore, all Categorical Exclusions (CXs), Documentations of NEPA Adequacy (DNAs), Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) currently under preparation by BLM in Utah are listed in the ENBB.

To access and search the ENBB, find the Utah BLM Internet Homepage at http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/nepa/enbb.html.