ePlanning DOI-BLM-CO-F020-2017-0107-RMP-EIS (Browns Canyon National Monument RMP)  
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What's in the draft resource management plan?
Volume 1: Chapters 1–3
Executive summary; purpose and need for the plan; planning Issues raised during scoping; alternative management scenarios; affected environment; analysis of environmental and socioeconomic consequences of the draft alternatives.

Volume 2: Appendices
Bibliography; glossary; key word index; maps; laws, regulations, and other guidance; best management practices; updated  evaluation of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs); draft wild and scenic river study; cumulative impact methodology; mitigation and monitoring strategies; recreation management zones.
What is a resource management plan?
A resource management plan (RMP) is a land use plan that provides the framework to guide decisions for every action and approved use on BLM-administered lands. An RMP establishes specific goals, objectives, allowable uses, management actions, and special designations for managing lands pursuant to the multiple-use and sustained yield mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) (43 U.S.C. 1701–1785).
How are lands in the Browns Canyon National Monument currently managed?
The BLM and USFS currently manage the Browns Canyon National Monument under the 1996 Royal Gorge Resource Area RMP and the 1984 USFS Pike and San Isabel National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
What is the planning area for the Browns Canyon National Monument?
The planning area for the BCNM encompasses about 21,600 acres of public land in the upper Arkansas river valley in Chaffee County, Colorado. The BLM manages about 9,790 acres, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manages about 11,810 acres. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), through the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) manages river-based recreation on the Arkansas River, which runs through Browns Canyon.
Can you describe how this resource management plan is being prepared?
Preparing an RMP is a multi-phase process that requires coordination between various programs within the BLM, as well as with other Federal agencies; State, local, and tribal governments; and the public. The Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved RMP is the final outcome of the planning process, but various baseline studies, preliminary reports, and public outreach must be conducted before and during preparation of the Draft RMP/EIS, Proposed RMP/Final EIS, and ROD/Approved RMP.
Once the BLM signs a Record of Decision to adopt a new or amended RMP, the planning process continues through the preparation of subsequent implementation plans, maintenance actions, and amendments.
Visit the Timeline page in the navigation links on the left to see where the BCNM RMP is in the planning process and what lies ahead.

How can I get involved in the planning process for the  BCNM RMP?
See How to get Involved in the navigation links on the left for information about opportunities to participate in the planning process for the BCNM RMP.