U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
U.S. Department of the Interior GPRA Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2007-2012 – BLM recreation planning stems from the DOI Strategic Plan. Recreation is one of the plan’s four mission areas for which specific mission goals, outcome goals, and related performance measures are described.
Benefits-Based Planning & Management (BBM) – BBM is the application of managing recreation resources which focuses on the positive or beneficial outcomes derived from engaging in recreational activities rather than just on the recreation activities themselves. BBM provides the conceptual recreation framework to view, plan and collaboratively deliver recreation services as a means to a larger end – outcomes that benefit individuals, communities, economies and the environment. Following is a link to a BLM Instructional Memorandum related to BBM.
Unified Strategy to Implement “BLM’s Priorities for Recreation and Visitor Services” – The “Unified Strategy” describes how best to implement BLM’s Priorities for Recreation and Visitor Services Workplan (Purple Book) as outlined in IM No. 2006-060. The Unified Strategy incorporates the principles of Benefits-Based Management (BBM), a results-based framework for planning and managing recreation resources to facilitate and maximize benefits to individuals, communities, economies, and the environment. The Unified Strategy encourages partnerships, promotes leveraging of resources, requires community and regional landscape-level coordination, and planning and management of recreation settings, services, and facilities. Following are links to: 1) a related BLM Instructional Memorandum, 2) the actual Unified Strategy, and 3) a Power Point presentation on implementing the Unified Strategy.
BLM Priorities & Goals for Recreation & Visitor Services – Also known as the “Purple Book”, this document is a plan for delivering benefits from public lands recreation to the American people and their communities. Most importantly is the distinct shift from a traditional, activity-based management approach to one that emphasizes managing for specific individual, social and economic benefits (i.e. Benefits-Based Management). Originally drafted to cover the 2003-2007 period, the workplan continues to guide BLM policy.
Land Use Planning
BLM’s Land Use Planning Website – Follow this link to find information pertaining to land use planning activities on the BLM-administered 258 million acres of surface lands and 700 million acres of mineral estate.
Land Use Planning Handbook (H-1601-1) – This Handbook provides specific guidance for preparing, amending, revising, maintaining, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating BLM land use plans. It provides further guidance related to the objectives, authorities, responsibilities, and policy considerations outlined in Manual Section 1601, Land Use Planning.
Recreation Activity Management Plans (RAMPs) – BLM activity plans describe multiple projects that apply best management practices to meet land use plan (or Resource Management Plan) objectives. The RAMPs provide specific direction for recreation management in defined areas (for example, Special Recreation Management Areas, etc.) building on the general direction within the umbrella RMP.
The following additional plan types also are used for managing BLM recreation:
Interpretive Plans – A BLM interpretive plan implements the interpretation goals and objectives established for a particular site, area or region. An interpretive planner works with a diverse group of resources experts and interested stakeholders to formulate and identify the key interpretive themes to develop at interpretive sites. The interpretive plan also identifies the interpretive media approaches used to reach a diverse audience. (For more information on the BLM Interpretation Program, click here.)
Business Plans – BLM prepares recreation site or area Business Plans as part of its recreation fee management and accounting program. These plans describe both the physical and financial resources available to plan and manage specific BLM recreation sites or areas. They also seek to identify the customers who will be using and paying for BLM recreation services. Two of the main objectives of BLM’s recreation fee program are increased customer service and resource protection, and Business Plans facilitate accomplishing these objectives. (For more information on BLM’s Recreation Fee Program, click here.)
Travel Management Plans (TMPs) – Travel Management Plans provide the BLM direction on the approach and decisions relating to on-the-ground management of public access, natural resources and regulatory needs. They also ensure that all aspects of road and trail systems and management are considered in land management decision-making. The identification of travel and transportation systems is developed by agencies and organizations through interdisciplinary assessments and analyses. This results in objectives, prescriptions, and actions that explain what, why, and how identified road and trail systems and associated lands are to be managed and used to meet transportation needs. These plans provide detailed direction for resource management, road and trail design, maintenance, and recreation and non-recreation uses of the roads and trails. They incorporate access needs and the effects of all forms of travel, including motorized, non-motorized, and mechanized. (Follow this link to view completed BLM Travel Management Plans currently available electronically. Follow this link to learn more about BLM’s Travel Management Program.)