The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District (BMD) is preparing a comprehensive Resource Managment Plan (RMP) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to guide management of BLM administered public land (surface lands and federal minerals) within the District. The RMP/EIS will be prepared as a dynamic and flexible plan to allow managment to reflect the changed needs of the planning area and will replace the existing Shoshone-Eureka RMP (1986) and Tonopah RMP (1997) documents and their amendments.
The need for the Battle Mountain RMP is to respond to new policies, including but not limited to, energy, demand for limited resources, appropriate protection of sensitive resources, increases in conflict between competing resource values and land uses, and other issues that have surfaced since approval of the existing RMPs. The overall objective of the RMP planning effort is to provide a collaborative planning approach that assists BLM in updating the managment decisions of the current RMPs.
Description of Planning Area:
The planning area for the RMP is located in central Nevada and encompasses 13.5 million acres of federal, state and private lands, as well as Indian reservations within Lander, Eureka, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties. The BLM does not manage lands for other federal entities. The decision area for the RMP/EIS includes only BLM lands and is comprised of approximately 10.5 million acres of land.
What is a Resource Management Plan?:
An RMP, similar to a county master plan, is a land use plan that describes broad multiple-use guidance for managing public lands administered by the BLM. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs the BLM to develop such land use plans and to provide for appropriate uses of public lands. Decisions in land use plans guide future land managment actions and subsequent site-specific implementation decisions.
The RMP Process:
The BMD RMP planning process officially began on December 13, 2010 with the publication in the Federal Register of a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Resource Management Plan. The planning process is expected to take approximately 3-4 years to complete. Along with the development of the RMP, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be developed as part of the planning process in order to understand the effects of the land managment actions proposed on resources found within the Planning Area as well as effects of those actions on public land users.
During the scoping period, which will run from December 13, 2010 through February 11, 2011 the public is invited to submit their comments to the BMD. Public involvement is an integral and important part of land use planning. The BLM wants to know how people think their public lands should be used and managed. Opportunities for public involvement and comments are provided throughout the planning process. The BLM uses the information from public and other sources to determine current resource conditions, changes needed in managing these resources, and desired conditions for public lands the BMD manages. For information regarding upcoming meetings look under the "How to get involved" tab to the left.
This web site will provide the latest information on the development of the RMP and the EIS. As the project progresses, this web site will include the latest information including background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins and other documents.