The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office has initiated a planning effort to revise the Green River Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated environmental impact statement (EIS) and comprehensive travel and transportation management plan (CTTMP). The Rock Springs planning area includes 3.6 million acres of surface land and 3.5 million acres of mineral estate, administered by the BLM in portions of Lincoln, Sweetwater, Uinta, Sublette, and Fremont counties in southwestern Wyoming. The field office administers a variety of programs, including mineral exploration and development, renewable energy, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, wild horses, livestock grazing, and historic trails.
BLM is revising the existing Green River RMP to provide an updated and comprehensive framework for managing and allocating uses of public lands and resources administered by the BLM Rock Springs Field Office. The need to develop a land use plan is established under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). In the 15 years since the Record of Decision (ROD) for the existing RMP was signed (August 1997), new data have become available, and policies updated. These criteria, along with emerging issues and management concerns, including renewable energy and transmission corridors, necessitate revising the existing plan.
The following elements also contributed to the need to revise the existing plan: 1) an amendment for the Jack Morrow Hills planning area was completed in July 2006; 2) multiple maintenance actions have been completed; 3) numerous RODs for programmatic EISs have been completed, or are ongoing, such as the Designations of Energy Corridors on Federal Lands in Eleven Western States (2008) and Geothermal Leasing in the Western United States (2008); 4) an amendment regarding Greater Sage-Grouse management is in progress; and 5) a need to inventory the current transportation network with a CTTMP.
This website provides the latest information on the development of the Rock Springs RMP revision and EIS. Throughout the planning process, this website will be updated to include background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other information.