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Resource Management Plan - Winnemucca District Office

The Winnemucca Resource Management Plan Record of Decision was signed on May 21, 2015. To view more information about this, follow this link >>>.

The protest period for this document has been extended until October 29, 2013. (See news release for more detail.)

News ReleaseBLM/Protest Periods Extended Due to Federal Government Shutdown

The Winnemucca District (WD) has been evaluating various management alternatives for 8.4 million acres of public lands managed by the WD. The selected management alternatives have formed a planning document titled the Winnemucca District Resource Management Plan (RMP).  The RMP has been developed in order to update and replace the existing Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio Management Framework Plans (1982) (amended 1999).  For more information why the RMP is being developed, follow this link >>>.

To view the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement click here >>>.

Winnemucca District Proposed RMP and Final EIS cover image






To view the Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement click here >>>.Winnemucca District Draft RMP/EID cover image




Description of Planning Area

The planning area for the RMP includes all of Humboldt and Pershing counties and parts of Churchill, Lyon, Pershing, and Washoe counties in northwestern Nevada (Map). Intermingled with public lands in this area are tracts of privately owned land as well as tribal lands and lands owned by the State of Nevada and other federal agencies.  The BLM does not manage lands for other federal entities.  The RMP covers public lands administered by the BLM, Winnemucca District.

RMP Process

The WD RMP planning process officially began March 25, 2005 with the publication in the Federal Register of a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Resource Management Plan.  During this scoping period, the public was invited to submit their comments to the WD.  Public involvement is an integral and important part of land use planning.  The BLM wants to know how people think their public lands should be used and managed.

Opportunities for public involvement and comments are provided throughout the planning process.  The BLM uses the information from public and other sources to determine current resource conditions, changes needed in managing these resources, and desired conditions for public lands the WD manages.  To view a timeline of the RMP process follow this link >>> .

RMP - Current Status (2013)

The WD has prepared the Proposed Resource Management Plan and associated Final Environmental Impact Statement based on the following:

  • Modified alternatives after consideration of public comments, input from Cooperating Agencies and tribal governments, and changes in BLM policy and guidance
  • Supplemented, improved, and modified analysis
  • Factual clarifications and corrections, including revisions of maps, figures, and tables
  • Responses to substantive public comments
  • Completed BLM Nevada State Office and Washington Office Reviews of the PRMP
  • Finalized revisions to PRMP and prepared document for printing
  • Initiated Federal Register notice process

RMP Schedule

The BLM published its Notice of Availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on September 6, 2013.  The Environmental Protection Agency also published its notice in the Federal Register (EPA Notice), which initiates a 30-day public protest period until October 7, 2013. A 60-day Governor's consistency review period has also been initiated.  

Once land use plan protests have been resolved, the BLM will issue an Approved RMP and Record of Decision.

This page was created by Tetra Tech, Inc. and by the BLM's Winnemucca District.  Tetra Tech is a corporation contracted by the BLM to assist the WD in preparing the RMP. No warranty is made by the BLM for use of this data for purposes not intended by the BLM.  Before continuing, please read the BLM's DISCLAIMER and PRIVACY statements.