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Public Involvement Opportunities in BLM Planning

Public involvement opportunities are shown in italics.
Process PhasePreplanning (informal public involvement opportunity throughout)
Process EventsAnalysis of the Management Situation, Issue Identification, Scoping, Inventory, and Data Compiling and Organizing
Process Tasks1a
Describe Existing
Management
1b
Analyze Existing
Management and Identify Issues
2
Develop Planning
Criteria
3
Compile and Organize
Inventory and Other Data
4
Resource
Capability
Analysis
Purpose

*To Provide the baseline description of current BLM management direction in the planning area, for analysis

*To Describe the existing environmental elements and socio-economic conditions

*To focus the planning effort on the problems, conflicts, concerns and issues, and the trade-offs to be addressed and questions to be answered during the planning process and in the RMP EIS

*To use during scoping

*To identify the general sideboards and constraints on the issues to be addressed

*To guide the planning effort

*To define the scope of analysis for the RMP EIS

*To provide essential facts and information for conducting
land and resource management evaluations and environmental analyses, and for decisionmaking

*To complete data compilation and development of GIS needs for RMP EIS analysis and mapping requirements

*To identify individual
resource management options, and the opportunities, and limitations to resolve the issues

*To determine ability of the public lands and resources to respond toward resolving the issues

Products

The Management Situation Analysis (shelf documentation) -- Includes:

*1a - Description of continuation of existing management and existing environment (will become "No Action Alternative" and "Affected Environment" sections of the environmental analysis document (e.g., in Chapters 2 and 3 of the EIS for the RMP)

*1b - The problems, concerns and issues with existing management ; and Environmental effects of existing management (will become environmental consequences of "No Action" alternative (e.g., in Chapter 4 of the EIS for the RMP)

*2 - Planning criteria for use by planning team and public during planning process (will also be included in Chapter 1 of the RMP EIS)

*3 - Data compiled from physical profile data base, the public, other agencies, etc., and any new data/information gathered -- specifically needed for the planning effort, whether for hand manipulation or for computerized geographic information system (GIs) manipulation

*4 - Capability analysis (resource management options, opportunities, limitations, to respond to and resolve issues) - the basis for developing alternatives to be addressed in the EIS for the RMP.

* - A summary document of all the above, maintained current for quick-reference use by BLM personnel and for public use and viewing (in-office) during the planning process


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