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Resource Management Plan: Background

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The BLM released the D-E NCA Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for a 30-day public protest period on June 30, 2016. The BLM used the comments on the Draft RMP (which after almost two years of work and continuous public involvement, was made available for public review and comment from May 17 to September 23, 2013) to fine tune the Proposed RMP.

The D-E NCA Proposed RMP and Final EIS, as well as the BLM's responses to public comments (other than route-specific travel management comments) can be found in Appendix U of the Proposed RMP, which is available on the BLM National Land Use Planning Register (ePlanning) website.

A report of the BLM's responses to route-specific travel management comments can also be downloaded from the BLM ePlanning website as well as from the route designation page on this website.

    Next steps
The next step in the planning process is preparation of the Record of Decision, which the BLM anticipates completing in 2016. See the chart below.

    Steps in D-E NCA RMP development
Flow chart of D-E NCA planning process

    Overview of D-E NCA RMP planning

The BLM is nearing the end of the process of creating the first-ever resource management plan written exclusively for the 210,172 acres of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. The BLM launched the development of this RMP on August 2, 2010, with the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register.

The flow chart at left shows the steps in the D-E NCA RMP planning process. Completed steps are in blue, the current step is in red, and future steps are in green.

    Key RMP documents
  • Notice of Intent
  • Scoping Report
  • Analysis of the Management Situation
  • Dominguez-Escalante Recreation Report
  • Dominguez-Escalante Recreation and Wilderness Focus Group Report 
  • Inventory Update of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
        Important legislation
  • Legislation establishing the D-E NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • The Wilderness Act
  • The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

  •     Public involvement in RMP planning

    Throughout the planning process, the BLM facilitated many opportunities for public involvement:

    • Two scoping open houses to initiate a 60-day public scoping period (August - October 2010 )
    • Two travel management open houses to initiate a separate travel management comment period (November 2010 - May 2011)
    • Six recreation/wilderness discussion forums, led by Colorado Mesa University (Fall 2010)
    • Two socioeconomic workshops (October 2011)
    • Thirty-eight D-E NCA Advisory Council meetings, all of which were--and continue to be--open to the public (2011 to present)
    • Three D-E NCA Advisory Council field trips (2011)
    • Two open houses for the draft RMP (2013)
    • 130-day public comment period for the draft RMP (2013)

    The BLM also coordinated with representatives of several different constituencies:

    • Three county governments (Delta, Mesa and Montrose)
    • Three municipal governments (Delta, Grand Junction and Montrose)
    • Two state agencies (Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Water Conservation Board)
    • Two federal agencies (the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service) 
    • Three tribal governments (Ute Indian Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe)

     Two additional groups of stakeholders provided the BLM with recommendations regarding the suitability of segments within the D-E NCA for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System.

    For further information, contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office: 

    Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
    Bureau of Land Management
    2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506
    Phone: (970) 244-3000
    Fax: (970) 244-3083