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The Four Rivers Field Office will complete a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final EIS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Boise District, Four Rivers Field Office (FRFO) prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft RMP/EIS) for public lands within its Planning Area. The Draft RMP/EIS described and analyzed management alternatives for the public lands and resources managed by the FRFO. The Draft RMP/EIS was released for public comment on May 24, 2019. An extended public comment period ended on September 23, 2019. The FRFO received over 12,000 comments, a large majority were form-letters, regarding management of wildhorses, Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) designations, control of invasive annual grasses, and several other management actions.  The FRFO has incorporated substantive comments and changes into the preparation of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS that is expected to be released in early December 2019.

The FRFO encompasses an area located in southwestern Idaho extending north of the Snake River from approximately Glenns Ferry in the southeast, west to Weiser, and north to McCall.  The planning area includes all of the FRFO located outside the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) which is governed by a separate RMP.  The planning area encompasses approximately 783,000 surface acres and 1,173,150 acres of mineral estate in Ada, Adams, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties administered by the BLM.

When approved, this RMP will guide the management of public lands administered by the FRFO into the future and will replace the 1988 Cascade RMP, the 1983 Kuna Management Framework Plan (MFP) and the portion of the 1987 Jarbidge RMP covering lands within the FRFO. The BLM encourages the public to provide information and comments pertaining to the analysis presented in the Draft RMP/EIS. We are particularly interested in feedback concerning the adequacy and accuracy of the proposed alternatives, the analysis of their respective management decisions, and any new information that would help the BLM as it develops the plan. In developing the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, which is the next phase of the planning process, the decision maker may select various management decisions from each of the alternatives analyzed in the Draft RMP/EIS for the purpose of creating a management strategy that best meets the needs of the resources and values in this area under the BLM multiple use and sustained yield mandate.

For the latest information on the planning schedule, please see the timeline page. 

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