Background Documents

Preparation Plan for RMP

Pre-Plan (246 KB)

Notice of Intent to Prepare RMP

 Notice of Intent (39 KB)

Scoping Summary

This report summarizes the public input received at the beginning of the planning process.

Scoping Summary (505 KB)

Analysis of Management Situation (AMS)

Cover Page (232 KB)
Table of Contents (93 KB)
Chapter One - Introduction (82 KB)
Chapter Two - Areas of Critical Environmental Concern  (80 KB)
Chapter Three - Air Quality and Climate  (898 KB)
Chapter Four - Cultural Resources (252 KB)
Chapter Five - Fire Management - (72 KB)
Chapter Six - Hazard Management (39 KB)
Chapter Seven - Lands and Realty (119 KB)
Chapter Eight - Livestock - Grazing (76 KB)
Chapter Nine - Minerals and Geology (76 KB)
Chapter Ten - Paleontology (104 KB)
Chapter Eleven - Recreation (200 KB)
Chapter Twelve - Riparian and Wetland Resources (184 KB)
Chapter Thirteen - Vegetation (179 KB)
Chapter Fourteen - Visual Resources (62 KB)
Chapter Fifteen - Watersheds and Soils (220 KB)
Chapter Sixteen - Wilderness (88 KB)
Chapter Seventeen - Wildlife (140 KB)
Chapter Eighteen - Wild and Scenic Rivers Review (180 KB)
Chapter Nineteen - Woodlands (70 KB)

AMS Maps

Figure 1-1 Planning Area (624 KB)
Figure 2-1 Existing ACECs  (2.15 MB)
Figure 4-1 Historic Trails  (2.13 MB)
Figure 5-1 Fire Management Categories  (516 KB)
Figure 7-1 Land Wighdrawals, Communication Sites, and Filming Locations   (2.13 MB)
Figure 8-1 Grazing Allotments  (958 KB)
Figure 9-1 Minerals Conditions for Use  (3.10 MB)
Figure 11-1 Recreation Facilities  (2.15 MB)
Figure 11-2 ROS (2.15 MB)
Figure 11-4 OHV Designations and Travel Inventory  (3.07 MB)
Figure 12-1 Riparian Vegetation Communities   (2.26 MB)
Figure 13-1 Vegetation Types  (1.35 MB)
Figure 13-2 Main Vegetation Communities  (1.33 MB)
Figure 14-1 Visual Resource Management Classes  (530 KB)
Figure 15-1 Surface Water Sub-basin Boundaries (662 KB)
Figure 15-2 Generalized Geology of Planning Area  (1.02 MB)
Figure 15-3 Soil Suborders (907 KB)
Figure 15-4 Wind Erodiable Soils (611 KB)
Figure 15-5 Water Erodible Soils (633 KB)
Figure 15-6 Saline and Sodic Soils  (297 KB)
Figure 15-7 Low Reclamation Potential and Droughty Soils  (592 KB)
Figure 15-8 Water Rights Held by BLM (498 KB)
Figure 15-9 State of Utah List of Impaired Waters  (502 KB)
Figure 16-1 Wilderness Study Areas  (2.11 MB)
Figure 16-2 Wilderness Inventory Areas  (2.18 MB)
Figure 16-3 America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2003  (2.07 MB)
Figure 17-1 Crucial Mule Deer Winter Range - 1991 RMP (2.13 MB)
Figure 17-2 Crucial Pronghorn Habitat - 1991 RMP  (2.13 MB)
Figure 17-3 Crucial Bighorn Sheep Habitat - 1991 RMP  (2.13 MB)
Figure 17-4 Historic and/or Occupied Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat  (2.13 MB)
Figure 17-5 Designated Critical Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat  (2.14 MB)
Figure 17-6 Designated Critical Fish Habitat  (2.18 MB)
Figure 18-1 2004 Wild and Scenic River Eligible Segments  (2.14 MB)
Figure 18-2 1991 Wild and Scenic River Eligible Segments  (2.14 MB)
Figure 19-1 Woodland Areas  (2.11 MB)

AMS Appendices

Appendices 8 - Livestock Grazing
      8-A - Summary of Allotment Situation (9 KB)
      8-B - Criteria for Allotment Placement (21 KB)
      8-C - Utah Standards for Rangeland Health (23 KB)

Appendices 13-A Noxious Weed Control Act S 144 ES (34 KB)
Appendics 13-B Herbicide List (57 KB)

Socioeconomic Baseline Report for San Juan County

Report (1.3 MB)

Mineral Potential Report (MPR)

Mineral Potential Report (598 KB)

Maps 1 thru 7b  (5592 KB)
Maps 8 thru 12a  (3287  KB)
Maps 12b thru 17a  (4294 KB)
Maps 17b thru 22  (4253 KB)
Maps 23 thru 24b  (2305 KB) 

Reasonably Foreseeable Development (RFD) for Oil and Gas

RFD  (260 KB) 

Wild and Scenic River Review Eligibility Determination

WSR  Report  (496 KB) 

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)

ACEC Evaluations for Existing and Nominated ACECs - Relevance and Importance  (694 KB)

ACEC Appendix A (349 KB)

Non WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics Review Findings

1999 Utah Wilderness Inventory and 2003 Revision
The 1999 Utah Wilderness Inventory was conducted by the Bureau of Land Management between 1996 and 1999 to determine whether certain public lands in Utah possess wilderness characteristics. As a result of public comment and subsequent internal review of inventory files and field evaluations, adjustments were made to the boundaries of wilderness character areas identified in the 1999 inventory. For information about these adjustments please click on the 2003 Revision. This process identified 21 areas totaling 488,744 acres as having wilderness characteristics.

2007 Non WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
During the preparation of this draft RMP, additional analyses of non WSA lands with wilderness characteristics were completed in response to scoping. All areas were evaluated. Twentyone areas totaling 582,360 acres were found to possess wilderness characteristics.

Large Areas

Arch Canyonmap  form
Grand Gulchmapmap form
Hammond Canyonmap  form
Hatch - Lockhart 1map  form
Hatch - Lockhart 2map  form
Lime Creekmap  form
Monument Canyonmap  form
Red Rock Plateaumapmapmapform
Shay Mountainmap


The Needlemapmap form
The Tabernaclemapmap form
Tin Cup Mesamap  form
Upper Red Canyonmap  form
Valley of the Godsmapmap form
White Canyonmap  form

100 to 4,600 Acre Areas

Wildernss CharacterNon-Wilderness CharacterMapping Errors

1 to 100 Acre Areas

Wildernss CharacterNon-Wilderness CharacterMapping Errors

Less Than 5,000 Acres but Contiguous

Bridger Jackmapform
White Canyon 1mapform
White Canyon 8map 
White Canyon 9map 
Indian Creek 1mapform
Indian Creek 2map 
Indian Creek 3map 

Less Than One Acre

Mapping Errors

Wilderness Characteristics Reviews

Section 201 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to maintain on a continuing basis an inventory of all public lands and their resources and other values, which includes wilderness characteristics. To maintain this inventory, the BLM relies on its own staff, but also on information presented to the BLM by the public requesting that an inventory of one or more areas be updated. The procedures for conducting such an inventory are outlined in the BLM Manual 6310 (2012), and can be found here. The FLPMA does not require the BLM to manage an area for these characteristics; Decisions regarding management of areas for wilderness characteristics values are made as part of a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment or revision process.

The basic requirements for the BLM to conclude that an area possesses wilderness characteristics are:
  • A minimum size of 5,000 acres (a smaller area can be considered if it borders an area previously found by the BLM or other agencies to possess wilderness characteristics);
  • The appearance of naturalness to the average visitor (generally, this means the area must appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, and any work of human beings must be substantially unnoticeable.); and
  • Outstanding opportunities for solitude and/or primitive and unconfined recreation.
If these requirements are met the BLM will issue a finding to that effect, and add the lands in question to its inventory of lands found to possess wilderness characteristics. This finding does not require the BLM to manage the lands in question to protect the inventoried wilderness characteristics. It does require the BLM to consider the impacts of proposals on these values.
Since the approval of the RMP for the Moab Field Office in October of 2008, the BLM has received new information either internally or from outside groups for several areas which merited a new inventory.

The areas reviewed to date include the following: (Clicking on the link for each area will take you to another page containing the BLM’s determination on the area in question and a map of the area)