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Resource Management Planning & Environmental Compliance

The Cedar City Field Office (CCFO) is responsible for administering about 2.1 million acres of public lands located in Iron and Beaver counties in southwestern Utah. Geographically, the field office boundary is bordered by Millard County on the north, the Nevada state line on the west, Washington County on the south, and Kane County on the east.

Current Land Use Plans
Existing land use plans for the CCFO are the Pinyon Management Framework Plan, approved in 1983, and the Cedar/Beaver/Garfield/ Antimony RMP, approved in 1986. Since these plans were implemented, considerable changes have occurred in the area. There has been substantial population growth resulting in an increased use of public lands for recreational activities such as mountain biking, hunting and off-road vehicle use. There has been an increase in renewable energy proposals, such as wind and geothermal projects. In addition, there is new information for many resources of interest to the public, including threatened and endangered species and wild horses.

New Planning Effort
To address the changes in land uses, the Cedar City Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new Resource Management Plan (RMP) on public lands managed in Iron and Beaver counties, Utah. The RMP will be the basic document that will guide management of natural resources, activities and uses on the public lands during the next 15-20 years. The new RMP will address issues and concerns identified by the public as well as other government agencies.

Environmental Compliance
All internally or externally proposed actions on or affecting public lands or resources under BLM jurisdiction must be reviewed for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (unless that action is exempt). It is through this Act that the BLM, as a federal agency, is responsible for preparing documents that analyze the environmental consequences of its actions and assist in determining whether a proposed action would have a significant impact on our environment. Different levels of documentation are prepared including an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Environmental Assessment (EA), Categorical Exclusions (CX), or Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA).

Information on all proposed actions analyzed in accordance with NEPA can be found on the Environmental Document Notification Bulletin Board. For information on how to search the ENBB click here.

Current Land Use Plans

Cedar/ Beaver/ Garfield/ Antimony       RMP and FEIS

Cedar/ Beaver/ Garfield/ Antimony       Record of Decision

Pinyon Management Framework Plan

Newsletters and Bulletins
Newsletter #3: May 2013
Newsletter #2: April 2011
Newsletter #1: November 2010
Press Release: September 2010
Press Release: November 2010

Economic Workshops
Beaver County Economic Workshop (Notes)
Iron County Economic Workshop (Notes)

New RMP Reports
Draft Evaluation Report for Areas of Critical Environmental Concerns   Send comments to
Scoping Report
Analysis of the Management System

Draft Wild and Scenic River Report

Other Reports

Environmental Compliance
National Environmental Policy Act (1969)
Utah NEPA Guidebook

Environmental Document Notification Bulletin Board (Pre October 1, 2014 NEPA)
ePlanning (Post October 1, 2014 NEPA)

New Resource Management Planning Effort Timeline

Notice of Intent
Sept. 10, 2010

Scoping Period
Sept. 10- Dec. 27, 2010

*Develop Draft RMP/ EIS
Sept. 2010- Spring 2015

Release Draft RMP/ EIS
Spring 2015

90-Day Comment Period
Spring/Summer 2015

Release Proposed RMP/ Final EIS
Summer 2016

30-day Protest Period
Summer 2016

Expected Record of Decision 2017

* Highlighted field indicates current status in the timeline.

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