Resource management planning provides the basis for evaluating and communicating public land uses. Using the principles of multiple use and sustained yield, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks to maximize resource values for present and future generations. The BLM's land use plans, called RMPs take about three years to complete. Opportunities for public involvement are continuous during development and implementation of the RMP. Decisions in a RMP are designed to guide and control future land or resource management actions over a ten to twenty year period.
RMPs are kept current by continuous maintenance to correct errors and update supporting data, by amending decisions when needed, and through periodic updates that incorporate maintenance changes and amendments. When needed, implementation plans are prepared. From time to time, RMPs may be revised (replaced with a new RMP).