Planning 2.0

Planning 2.0: Improving the Way we Plan Together

As part of our continuing commitment to improve our management of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way we develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).

Through this initiative, we hope to improve our land use planning process so that we can more effectively plan across landscapes at multiple scales and be more responsive to environmental and social change. We hope that this approach will create a more dynamic, durable and efficient planning process that can better honor the valuable contributions made by the public; non-government organizations; and our partners from state; tribal and local governments; as well as other federal agencies.

In developing RMPs, we are committed to involving the public and our partners, so together we can build well- informed decisions.  This helps us better manage public lands and resources consistent with federal law, while seeking consistency with local, tribal and state laws, policies and plans.

Based on our preliminary internal BLM review, we think it will be possible to make targeted changes to specific areas in our planning regulations and handbook that will allow us to:  

  • Conduct effective planning across landscapes at multiple scales and clearly define the boundaries for different types of decisions.
  • Create a dynamic and durable planning process that is responsive to change, making it more efficient to keep plans current through amendments.
  • Create an efficient planning process that reduces the amount of time it takes to complete RMPs.

To learn more about Planning 2.0, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.  You can also view video of the Planning 2.0 listening sessions:

Link to YouTube video of Denver Listening Session Part 1  October 1, 2014, Denver, Part 1

Link to YouTube video of Denver Listening Session Part 2  October 1, 2014, Denver, Part 2

Link to YouTube Video of the Sacramento Listening Session Part 1  October 7, 2014, Sacramento, Part 1

Link to You Tube Video of Sacramento Listening Session Part 2  October 7, 2014, Sacramento, Part 2

We have also posted the handout and the PowerPoint presentation from the listening sessions as stand-alone documents.

To join the Planning 2.0 mailing list, click here.

We Want to Hear from You

While this marks the beginning of the process, we anticipate additional opportunities for public involvement.  We anticipate proposing targeted changes to our planning regulations and these changes will be open for formal public review and comment.   We also will be revising our current planning handbook to incorporate new guidance and the concepts needed to effectively plan across landscapes.

In addition to the formal review period associated with the rule-making process, the BLM is seeking input on how we can achieve the goal of a more effective, efficient and durable planning process. Individuals can provide feedback to us at