Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment
The Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments (ARMPA) for the Great Basin Region are now available. The Great Basin ROD approves ARMPAs for four sub-regions (Idaho and Southwestern Montana, Nevada and Northeastern California, Oregon and Utah). The ARMPAs will guide future land and resource management on BLM-administered surface and federal mineral estates within Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) habitat management areas in the Great Basin Region. The ARMPAs will benefit GRSG and their habitat, as well as the sagebrush-steppe ecosystems that support over 350 other species of wildlife and other multiple uses, including grazing and recreation.
For your convenience, the ARPMA, appendices, and Great Basin ROD can be downloaded from the link below. Paper copies will also be made available for review at BLM offices throughout Utah.
Download ARMPA Files Here
Fact sheets associated with the Utah ARMPA are provided to summarize Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) conservation in Utah.
Proposed RMPAs/Final EISs were made available on May 29, 2015, for a 30-day protest period and 60-day governor's consistency review. Across all four sub-regions in the Great Basin Region, 133 protest submission letters were received from government entitites, private citizens, NGOs and other stakeholders. Specific to Utah, the BLM Director received 43 timely protest submissions. All of the protesting parties had standing; however, three submissions were dismissed as they did not contain any valid protest points pursuant to 43 CFR 1610.5-2. Valid protest issues include:
- compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
- compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act
- compliance with the Endangered Species Act
- compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act
- compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005
- density and disturbance
- adaptive management
- land use allocations
- GRSG habitat objectives
- livestock grazing
- air quality
- climate change
- areas of critical environmental concern
- fire and fuels management
- fluid minerals
- solid minerals
- special status species
- lands and realty
- travel and transportation management
- reasonable foreseeable development scenarios
All valid protests were addressed in the Director's Protest Resolution Reports, available on-line.
The Utah ARMPA is part of the National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy that was initiated on December 11, 2011, in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) March 202 "warranted, but precluded" Endangered Species Act listing petition decision. It its decision, the FWS identified the inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms as a significant threat to GRSG. Resource Managment Plan conservation measures were identified as the BLM's principal regulatory mechanism. The Utah ARMPA amends 14 BLM resource management plans. Throughout the planning process, the U.S. Forest Service has been a Cooperating Agency. The Draft RMPA/Draft EIS and Proposed RMPA/Final EIS for the Utah sub-region included proposed managment direction for National Forest System lands. The U.S. Forest Service has completed a separate ROD and Land and Resource Management Plan amendments.