Programs: Planning and NEPA: Plans in Development: California: Northwest California Integrated RMP

Map of a portion of Northwestern California.

Northwest California Integrated RMP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northern California District, Arcata Field Office (AFO) and Redding Field Office (RFO), are beginning pre-Notice of Intent (NOI) work starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 for the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP).

The NCIP would replace and update current management direction set forth in the Arcata and Redding FOs’ respective RMPs: Arcata Resource Area Resource Management Plan and Record of Decision (1992 Arcata RMP), and the Redding Resource Management Plan and Record of Decision (1993 Redding RMP). The NCIP would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements by analyzing the effects of proposed management decisions through development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and single ROD and meet the land use planning requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).

The Arcata and Redding Field Offices (FOs) recognize that land management planning over larger geographic scales can result in planning, collaboration and management efficiencies and that development of RMPs requires a collaborative approach among federal agencies, Tribes, and state and local governments. By developing a joint RMP, the Arcata and Redding FOs can utilize the opportunity to work across administrative boundaries and move forward as efficiently as possible with RMP revisions by sharing resources, contractors, and inter-office coordination throughout the planning process. Initial planning for the NCIP began in 2016. A NOI to prepare the RMP/EIS was published on November 7, 2016. On April 5, 2019 a Notice of Termination was published in the Federal Register explaining that the termination was due to recent catastrophic wildfires—Carr and Camp fires—which damaged a significant portion of the planning area. The BLM decided to focus resources on post-fire rehabilitation efforts in the planning area.

The notice in the Federal Register explained that the termination was due to recent catastrophic wildfires—Carr and Camp fires—which damaged a significant1 portion of the planning area. The BLM decided to focus resources on post-fire rehabilitation efforts in the planning area. The planning area for the Arcata and Redding FOs cover 14.5 million acres and includes 400,000 surface acres along with 300,000 mineral estate acres. The planning area for the NCIP (Figure 3) includes AFO to the west, RFO to the east, and encompasses BLM-administered land in eight counties in northwestern California except for the four National Conservation Lands (NCL) units with separate RMPs.

1. Planning Assessment Phase

In Progress.

2. Notice of Intent

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Redding and Arcata Field Offices intend to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) known as the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing Redding Resource Management Plan (1993) and Arcata Resource Area Resource Management Plan (1992).

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for the Redding and Arcata Field Offices and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement (Federal Register)

3. Scoping Phase

4. Preliminary Alternatives

In Progress.

5. Draft RMP Notice of Availability

Not Initiated

Visit the project's BLM NEPA Register page for more information.

6. Proposed RMP Notice of Availability

Not Initiated

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7. Record of Decision: Notice of Availability

Not Initiated

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FEATURED PLANNING DOCUMENTS

PROJECT CONTACT

Tory Callahan

(707) 825-2315

vslaughter@blm.gov