U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
July 12, 2013
In Reply Refer To:
8365 (250/630) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 07/18/2013
Instruction Memorandum No. 2013-161
To: All Field Office Officials
Attn: State, District, and Field Office Program Leaders including Recreation, National Landscape Conservation System and Planning Leads
From: Principal Deputy Director
Subject: Processing and Approving Supplementary Rules
Program Area: Recreation, Planning.
Purpose: The purpose of this guidance is to clarify the process to publish Proposed, Interim and Final Supplementary Rules in the Federal Register.
Policy/Action: All state and field offices must process supplementary rules in accordance with the policies and procedures contained in this guidance.
1. Purpose of Supplementary Rules (43 CFR 8365.1-6)
The state director may establish supplementary rules to provide for the protection of persons, property, and public lands and resources. Supplementary rules are used to support objectives of 43 CFR Subpart 8365, “Rules of Conduct” for the protection of public lands and resources, and for the protection, comfort and well-being of the public in its use of recreation areas, sites and facilities on public lands. Supplementary rules should not duplicate or conflict with these or other Federal regulations.
Supplementary rules may be proposed in circumstances where existing regulations are not sufficient to manage resource use conflicts or to protect resources and may also be needed to implement decisions in resource management plans or other planning documents.
A. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
B. Federal Register Publication
3. Washington Office Submission
Washington Office IM 2012-094, provides guidance on Federal Register notice submission to the WO. The External Affairs Office of the submitting BLM State Office must submit all draft supplementary rules, properly formatted for publication in the Federal Register, a briefing paper summarizing the issues and need for the rules, and other supporting documentation such as maps, aerial, or other photographs, to the Division of Regulatory Affairs for clearance.
Supplementary rules will be reviewed by BLM Program Staff, Office of the Solicitor, BLM Assistant Director(s), BLM Director’s Office, and the Department of the Interior’s Executive Secretariat. Comments, edits, and questions will be referred to External Affairs from the submitting BLM State Office. The Division of Regulatory Affairs will arrange for publication in the Federal Register upon approval.
Timeframe: This policy is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: None.
Background: Clarification is needed on the requirements and processes to establish supplementary rules. As resource use and demands for public access have increased, so has the need for the BLM to establish supplementary rules in order to protect resources, safeguard public health, and ensure safety. Supplementary rules must be established in accordance with applicable authorities, and the Department of the Interior and BLM policies and procedures.
Manuals/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: This IM and its contents were prepared in collaboration among the Recreation and Visitor Services Division (WO-250), Decision Support, Planning, and NEPA Division (WO-210), National Landscape Conservation System Division (WO-410), and the Regulatory Affairs Division (WO-630).
Contact: Questions regarding this guidance should be directed to Dorothy Morgan (WO-250) at 202-912-7412, Chandra Little (WO-630) at 202-912-7403, or Jean Sonneman (WO-630) at
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Jamie E. Connell Robert M. Williams
Acting, Principal Deputy Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
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