Resource Management Plan Background
The Records of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plans (ARMP) for both the Lower Sonoran Decision Area and Sonoran Desert National Monument were released to the public on September 14, 2012. While the Resource Management Plans were analyzed together in one Environmental Impact Statement, two seperate RODs and ARMPs have been created, one each for the Lower Sonoran Decision Area (BLM lands outside the Sonoran Desert National Monument) and the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM).
These land use planning documents provide direction for approximately 1.4 million acres of BLM-administered public land in south-central Arizona managed by the Lower Sonoran Field Office. Of these lands, approximately 486,400 acres are within the SDNM established in 2001 by Presidential Proclamation for the protection and management of the area’s natural, geologic and cultural resources. The two approved RMPs and Records of Decision are the culmination of this planning effort.