Managing approximately 23 million surface acres of public land, BLM-Utah realizes public involvement in our management strategies is critical. Planning emphasizes a collaborative environment in which local, State, and Tribal governments, as well as the public, user groups, and industry work with the BLM to identify appropriate multiple uses of the public lands.
The land-use planning process allows for extensive public involvement and provides a blueprint of how the public land should be managed. BLM Utah’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public land, and land-use planning is vital to our mission.
The Cedar City Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new Resource Management Plan (RMP) on public lands they manage in Iron and Beaver counties, Utah. The RMP will be the basic document that will guide management of natural resources, activities and uses on the public lands during the next 15-20 years. The new RMP will address issues and concerns identified by the public as well as other government agencies.
The St. George Field Office is also ammending the St. George RMP, approved in 1999, to designate additional Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) for the conservation of biological resources and natural communities and to evaluate the area designations for motorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) travel.
Moab and Monticello Field Offices, Utah, intend to prepare a Master Leasing Plan (MLP), amendments to the 2008 Moab and Monticello Resource Management Plans (RMPs), and a single environmental impact statement (EIS) to consider leasing for oil and gas and potash on about 783,000 acres of public lands.
San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan
Development of the San Rafael Desert MLP is consistent with the sweeping oil and gas leasing reform initiative launched by the BLM in 2010. It will serve as a roadmap to guide the orderly development of oil and gas resources in the area, while also providing protections for important conservation areas in southeastern Utah. The MLP will focus on about 525,000 acres in Emery and Wayne counties, and could result in amendments to 2 resource management plans, or land use plans, governing BLM-managed public lands in the region.
Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendments
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Grazing Plan Amendment
Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Plan Amendments
Availability of BLM Utah Land Use Plans (LUPs). Many of the past published documents which constitute our planning base are physically scarce, difficult to reproduce, and somewhat inaccessible to some staff and the public. In addition, the time devoted to and cost of reproducing documents can be substantial. Therefore, for your convenience, we have developed the following ways to make these documents available to you:
- LUPs and some amendments to the plans; other plan amendments that may have been published can be obtained at each our BLM field offices.
- Paper copies of the LUPs. The LUPs are available for public review during normal business days/hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm), at the BLM Utah State Office Information Access Center, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-0155, Phone: 801-539-4001.
- Copies are also available for public review at each of the BLM Field Offices.
Under Federal law, BLM Utah prepares land-use plans that serve as the basis for all activities occurring on BLM-managed lands.
As part of the Resource Management Plans (RMP), a supporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is prepared. Both the RMP and EIS are developed concurrently with a full range of public participation. Throughout the project, local interests and residents will have opportunities to participate and share their insights and comments.