Where does BLM get the authority to manage public lands?
The Congress of the United States delegated authority to BLM to manage public lands with the passage of the Federal Lands Policy Management Act of 1976.
What is the purpose of the Resource Management Plan? As directed in FLPMA, BLM uses Resource Management Plans (RMPs) to provide management direction, adapting to the changing resource and use demands, balanced with compliance with other federal, state, and local laws and policy. The RMP provides direction in managing the many resources and resource uses of public lands.
What lands does the RMP apply to?
This RMP will apply to BLM managed public lands in southern Nye and Clark Counties.
Why are there four alternatives?
The National Environmental Policy Act requires that federal agencies analyze a reasonable range of alternative approaches to completing actions. What this means is that in the RMP, BLM will consider meeting the multiple-use mandate a number of different ways. By doing this, BLM can analyze and compare different ways of doing things before making final decisions. The four alternatives in this Draft RMP are
1. no action (continue as described in 1998 RMP)
2. emphasis on resource protection of public lands
3. preferred alternative, emphasis on balancing uses of public lands
4. emphasis on development of public lands
Does the Preferred Alternative mean the decisions are already made?
No. The plan is still in the draft stage. In developing the range of alternatives, and further analyzing and comparing them, BLM has identified one alternative that is believed to best match the multiple use mandate from Congress. Response from the public, new analysis, and/or suggested solutions will help before decisions are reached. At that point, a Proposed RMP / Final EIS will be published, followed by a Record of Decision.
What if I don’t like any of the alternatives in the Draft RMP, and/or the current preferred?
By commenting on the Draft RMP/EIS you will retain standing in the process. If you then feel like your concern has not been addressed, you can protest the Proposed RMP/Final EIS following the process outlined in Department of the Interior polices.
How do I know you will listen to my comment?
BLM tracks every single comment submitted. As BLM moves through the process of revising the Draft RMP/EIS, we will show how each comment has been addressed.
When did this Resource Management Plan Revision start?
The RMP process started four years ago. In 2010, BLM hosted a series of public meetings throughout Southern Nevada, for the public to identify the resources, uses, and management concerns they had. At that time, 263 people provided more than 500 comments about management of BLM managed public lands in southern Nevada.
When will the RMP be finalized?
The comment period will end March 9, 2015. We will then review and address all comments and prepare a proposed RMP/Final EIS which is expected to be released about a year after the comment period ends.
FAQs from BLM-Washington Office regarding RMPs http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/frequently_asked_questions.html