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Two Colorado Mesa University Natural Resource Center reports were released on April 29, 2016: Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office Recreation Planning Report 2015 and Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan Envisioning Report. See Documents & Reports on the menu to the left.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory released its report, Renewable Energy Deployment in Colorado and the West, on March 30, 2016 (see Documents & Reports on the menu to the left).

Comments regarding the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan may submitted to ecrmp.comments@blm.gov, or by mail to ECRMP, BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 E Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212.

For additional information, please read our May 2015 Newsletter.
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The Bureau of Land Management's Royal Gorge Field Office is preparing a resource management plan (RMP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) to guide management of 668,000 acres of public lands and 6.6 million acres of BLM-managed federal mineral estate in eastern Colorado.

This RMP, which will be called the Eastern Colorado RMP, will reflect the changing needs of the planning area over the next several decades and will replace the current Royal Gorge and Northeast Colorado RMPs that were developed in 1996 and 1986, combining both of the original planning areas under one cohesive plan.
Note: The Eastern Colorado RMP planning area does not include the new Browns Canyon National Monument, which will undergo its own planning effort.

Purpose of the Eastern Colorado RMP

The purpose of the Eastern Colorado RMP will be to establish goals and objectives for resource management; identify lands that are open, available, or administratively unavailable for certain uses, including any restrictions; and provide comprehensive management direction for all resources and uses. 

BLM land use planning follows a "tiered" approach, in which RMPs serve as top-level programmatic guidance that is focused on landscape-scale goals and land use allocations. Specific, on-the-ground actions usually need additional information and a more detailed impact analysis before they can be approved. As such, the Eastern Colorado RMP will present a vision for the area and provide a blueprint for balanced management of the many demands on the resources on BLM-managed lands.

Public Scoping

The offical scoping period for the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan began with the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on June 1, 2015, and ran until July 31, 2015. The scoping period for the ECRMP gave the public a chance to tell the BLM what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the plan and to suggest alternative ways for the agency to accomplish what it is proposing. A scoping report containg substantive comments submitted by the public was released on December 15, 2015 (see Documents & Reports).

In addition to soliciting comments on various reports, the BLM will provide many more opportunities for public participation during the multi-year planning process for the ECRMP. Updates are posted on this website frequently. See How to get Involved on the menu to the left for further information about opportunities for face-to-face participation.