Planning 2.0

Planning 2.0: Improving the Way We Plan Together

Comment Period Extended

In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period on the proposed planning rule by 30 days.  The comment period now closes on May 25, 2016. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

Mail
Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20240, Attention: 1004-AE39

Personal or messenger delivery
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street, S.E., Room 2134LM, Attention: Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20003

Federal eRulemaking Portal
https://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=BLM-2016-0002-0001 

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).

This initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into our land use planning.  We have released proposed revisions to our planning regulations, along with a preliminary economic analysis and categorical exclusion for public review and comment.  By implementing these improvements, the BLM endeavors to enhance the way that it involves the public in its planning efforts, including measures to provide earlier, easier, and more meaningful participation.      

In a related effort, the BLM is revising its land use planning handbook that provides detailed guidance on implementing the planning processes.  The agency anticipates releasing a draft of the handbook for review later in 2016.

Together, these regulatory and handbook revisions apply lessons learned from decades of implementing best practices in resource management planning and enable the agency to effectively address emerging large-scale issues such as proliferating wildfire, rapidly expanding renewable energy demand, and conserving important wildlife habitat.  The proposed changes support the BLM’s shift to science-based, landscape-scale approaches to resource management while increasing opportunities for early engagement by state and local government, Tribes, partner agencies, stakeholders, and the public.  The changes also give the BLM the opportunity to establish a stronger geospatial foundation to its decision-making, allowing it to gather and share more accurate data with the public.

The BLM will be scheduling a public meeting and a webinar to provide an overview of the proposed regulation changes.  Information about those events will be announced on this page as arrangements are finalized.

To learn more about Planning 2.0, please read our Fact Sheet.  A video featuring Secretary Jewell inviting public participation in the revision process is available at this link


Proposed Rule Webinars

The BLM has hosted two webinars on the proposed planning rule.  The first webinar was held on March 21, 2016 and provided an overview of proposed changes.  The second webinar was held on April 13, 2016 and focused on frequently asked questions.  Please see the links below for materials from both webinars.

Webinar 1: Overview of proposed changes
Recording
PowerPoint (pdf)
Summary notes (pdf)

Webinar 2: Frequently asked questions
Recording
PowerPoint (pdf)
Summary notes (not yet available, please check back soon)

Proposed Rule Public Meeting

On March 25, 2016 the BLM hosted a public meeting in Denver, CO.  A PDF file of the PowerPoint presentation is available here

You can also view video of the meeting:
BLM Proposed Planning Rule Public Meeting - Part 1
BLM Proposed Planning Rule Public Meeting - Part 2

A summary of the Public Meeting is available here.


Summary of Initial Public Input

The BLM launched Planning 2.0 in May 2014 by seeking public input on how we can improve the land use planning process.  Over 6,000 groups and individuals submitted written comments.  This information has been summarized and is available at the link below:

In October of 2014, the BLM hosted two public listening sessions. For materials and summary notes from the Planning 2.0 listening sessions, please click on the following links:

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