The BLM prepared the PRMP/FEIS in consultation with cooperating agencies, taking into account public comments received during this planning effort. This PRMP/FEIS provides a framework for the future management direction and appropriate use of BLM-administered lands and resources located in Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah Counties, as well as 3,000 acres of public lands in Grand County, Utah. The document contains both land use planning decisions and implementation decisions to guide the BLM’s management of the Vernal Field Office. The PRMP/FEIS is open for a 30-day review and protest period beginning the date the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the Notice of Availability of the FEIS in the Federal Register.
This PRMP/FEIS has been developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). The PRMP/FEIS is largely based on Alternative A, the Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP and EIS, which was released in January 2005. A Supplement to the Draft RMP/EIS evaluating non-WSA lands with wilderness characteristics was released in October 2007. This PRMP/FEIS contains the proposed plan and potential impacts of the proposed plan. The alternatives presented in the Draft and Draft Supplement RMP/EIS are also provided for comparative purposes. To aid the reader, substantive changes made between the Draft RMP/EIS and the PRMP/FEIS are described in Chapter 1 and are detailed in Appendix N.