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Preliminary Planning Issues

Planning issues are conflicts or concerns over a resource management topic that is well defined and entails alternative actions or decisions.  Based on the lands and resources that we manage, the BLM has identified categories of issues, or issue statements (see below). We expect most public issues and concerns fall within one of these statements; however, we do not presume that they are all-encompassing. The issue statements may be revised based on the comments we receive and new issue statements may be added. The BLM requests your comments on these or other issues on BLM-administered lands within the Battle Mountain planning area.

Issue 1. Restoring Ecological Health
Issue 2. Air
Issue 3. Water
Issue 4. Cultural Resources, Native American Concerns and Paleontology Resources
Issue 5. Visual Resource Management
Issue 6. Special Status Species
Issue 7. Fish and Wildlife
Issue 8. Wild Horses and Burros
Issue 9. Fire Management
Issue 10. Livestock Grazing
Issue 11. Recreation and Visitor Services
Issue 12. Lands and Realty
Issue 13. Mineral Resources (includes Oil, Gas, Geothermal, Coal, Saleable, and Solid Leasable except coal), and Locatable
Issue 14. Hazardous Materials
Issue 15. Special Designations (such as ACECs)
Issue 16. Renewable Resources
Issue 17. Socio-Economics
Issue 18. Environmental Justice
Issue 19. Sustainable Development
Issue 20. Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management
Issue 21. Cave and Karst Resources

Planning Criteria
Planning criteria guide development of the RMP/EIS by helping define the decision space; they are generally based on applicable laws, BLM Director and Nevada State Director guidance, and the results of public and governmental participation (43 Code of Federal Regulations 1610.4-2). The BLM developed preliminary planning criteria to set the sideboards for focused planning of the BMD RMP/EIS and to guide decision making by topic. A selection of the planning criteria developed by BMD are listed below: 

-  BLM will use a collaborative public process and multijurisdictional approach, where possible, to jointly determine the desired future condition of public lands. 

-  Native Americans will be consulted during the RMP process to develop strategies for the protection of recognized Native American traditional and cultural uses. 

-  The State Historic Preservation Office will be consulted and involved throughout the planning/EIS process under provisions in the National
Programmatic Agreement and the State [of Nevada] Protocol Agreement between BLM and State Historic Preservation Office. 

-  The RMP will recognize the State’s responsibility to manage wildlife. 

-  The RMP will recognize the State’s authority to regulate air quality and adjudicate water rights. 

-  The RMP will provide for management of renewable energy resources in accordance with current guidance.