Bighorn Basin RMP Revision
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Management Options Maps
In preparation for the 90-day public comment period on the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), currently scheduled to begin January 2011, three maps are provided on the project website as examples of the management options that will be fully presented in the Draft RMP and EIS.
The first map, Current Management, depicts management under the existing Grass Creek RMP, Washakie RMP and Cody RMP.
The other two maps depict examples of management options that would emphasize the "Most Resource Use" and the "Least Resource Use." These maps represent bookends: two extremes of a spectrum of possibilities within the bounds of laws, regulations and policies. The general themes of the Least Resource Use and the Most Resource Use are more fully explained on the "Themes" page.
These maps serve as examples of how the BLM may choose to manage lands within the Bighorn Basin. These maps do not represent a final agency decision - that decision will be made after changes from the 90-day public comment period are made and released in the Proposed RMP, scheduled for 2012.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires analysis of continuation of current existing management called the No Action Alternative. The anticipated impacts of changing management direction or intensity are compared to the impacts of continuing existing management. Further, NEPA regulations require the BLM to consider reasonable alternatives, which would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance the quality of the human environment. The BLM acknowledges that there could be a large number of variations to alternatives. However, the BLM is not required to analyze each variation. Rather, a full spectrum of options that meet the RMP’s purpose and need and are reasonable given BLM mandates, policies and programs are analyzed. The full spectrum of options would include management intensity greater than and less than current management, resulting in more and less resource uses.