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July 1, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
8300 (250) P
Ref. IM No. 2009-161
Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-151
Expires: 09/30/2011
To:                   All Field Officials
                        Attn: State Recreation Program Leads, Outdoor Recreation Planners
From:               Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject:           Fiscal Year 2010 End-of-Year Recreation Management Information System
                        Data Call
                                                            DD: 09/17/2010; 09/28/2010
Program Area: Recreation and Visitor Services and National Landscape Conservation System.
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) informs state directors and field managers about the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 End-of-Year (EOY) Data Call for the Recreation Management Information System (RMIS) and requests all field offices (FO) to complete the data call. This IM also requests State Recreation Program Leads or their designee to complete a review of their data after all state and FO data have been entered into the RMIS and submit a confirmation memorandum to the Division of Recreation and Visitor Services (WO250) certifying the review has been completed. Each of these requirements has a specific deadline.
Policy/Action: All field, district, and state offices are requested to update required RMIS data for the period October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. An estimate of visitation from September 17–30, 2010 may be necessary in order to complete the FY data. These offices should enter their data into RMIS through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intranet site at: http://rmis.blm.gov/http://rmis.blm.gov/.
This year’s data call focuses on:
-          Visits to public lands and waters, special recreation permits (SRPs) for both commercial and non-commercial private use,
-          Off-highway vehicle (OHV) designation acreage updates of Recreation Management Areas (RMA),
-          Update of current Activity Level and/or Travel Management Plans within the RMA/Site page, used to report Annual Performance Measure,
-          Number of Recreation Use Permits issued, and
-          Partnership and Agreement updates. 
Guidance to complete the reporting of visits to public lands and waters is detailed at the RMIS User Information Web site described in the Background section below.
Once FOs have completed their work, State Recreation Program Leads must review their respective FOs’ data for completeness and accuracy. The RMIS Team listed on the Attachment will be available the week of September 20, 2010, to help with the data quality review. When the review is complete, a confirmation memorandum should be sent to the Recreation and Visitor Services Division Chief (WO-250). This memorandum should identify both unresolved issues that need attention and any necessary justification of the data. 
Timeframe: State and FO data are to be entered into the RMIS by September 17, 2010. The deadline for the State Recreation Program Lead review of their state and FO data and confirmation memorandum is September 27, 2010. The system will be closed to any FY 2010 data entry at midnight on September 30, 2010.
Budget Impact: This planned workload was included in the FY 2010 base Recreation (L1220) budget. Use Program Element “MA” (Evaluate Recreation Areas) when reporting labor for both collecting and entering RMIS data.
Background: The RMIS is the BLM’s official repository for data relating to the recreational and social use on public lands and waters. It is an internal system accessible only by BLM personnel. Data within the system include, but are not limited to: number of recreation visits, visitor days, type of activities, permits issued, recreation site details, off-highway vehicle designation acreage, and partnership agreement details.
The RMIS User Information website serves as a helpful resource for RMIS users and guests and can be reached at http://rmishelp.blm.gov/http://rmishelp.blm.gov/. This website provides links to the RMIS 4.0 User Guide, Training Modules for Login, Data Collection and Estimation; Special Recreation Permits, Washington Office Instruction Memorandum No. 2003-245 which details the Guidelines for Reporting Recreation Visitation; and reference documents such as Techniques and Equipment for Gathering Visitor Use Data on Recreation Sites.
Manual/Handbook Section Affected: None.
Coordination: Continued coordination and communication will be provided to all RMIS end users via e-mail.
Contact: Attached is an updated RMIS Team Contact List for use by the State Recreation Program Leads and FO users. Users in each state are directed to a primary RMIS contact for assistance in completing this EOY data call. When your primary RMIS contact is unavailable, anyone on the list may be contacted as a backup. If you have questions or need additional information regarding this data call, please contact Andy Tenney, Planning and Resource Branch Chief, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services (WO-251) at 202-452-7735, or by e-mail at Andy_Tenney@blm.gov.
Signed by:                                                       Authenticated by:
Hal Hallett                                                       Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director                                Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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Last updated: 07-12-2010