Frequently Asked Questions
How did Planning 2.0 get started?
In 2011, the BLM released a strategic plan entitled “Winning the Challenges of the Future: A Roadmap for Success in 2016.” Among other goals, the Roadmap challenged the BLM to “adopt a proactive and nimble approach to planning that allows us to work collaboratively with partners at different scales to produce highly useful decisions that readily address the rapidly changing environment and conditions.”
As part of the BLM’s landscape approach to managing public lands, the BLM has recently undertaken several initiatives including Regional Mitigation Strategies, Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, and the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy.
Planning 2.0 will address the goals set forth in the Roadmap for Success and incorporate elements of the landscape approach into its land use planning process to create a framework to allow us to more effectively and efficiently plan across landscapes.
What does it mean to “plan across landscapes?”
The Department of the Interior and the BLM are moving towards a landscape approach to managing public lands, and this includes resource management planning. The challenges we face in managing natural resources, as well as the opportunities to better manage our public lands often occur at scales larger than a single BLM planning area and cross jurisdictional boundaries. Planning 2.0 will provide the BLM with the tools we need to address these challenges and opportunities, and effectively plan across landscapes and at different geospatial scales. For example, establishing a stronger geospatial foundation to our plans will allow BLM managers to coordinate when a resource occurs in multiple planning areas and to consider the larger geographical setting to resource management decisions. It will also allow the BLM to better coordinate with our partner land management agencies on cross-cutting issues.