Issues Addressed by the Eastern Colorado RMP/EIS
The lands in the Eastern Colorado RMP decision area are currently managed under the Royal Gorge Resource Area RMP (1996) and the Northeast RMP (1986), with amendments. Since these documents were released, the planning area has undergone change. There are new demands on the public lands that the BLM manages, which are being used in new ways. Since they were approved, the Royal Gorge and Northeastern RMPs have been updated by plan amendments, maintenance actions, and several new statutes.
The Eastern Colorado RMP will establish up-to-date guidance, objectives, and management actions for the public lands in the decision area. It will be comprehensive and will address issues that have been identified through agency, interagency, and public scoping efforts. Some preliminary issues for the planning area have already been identified by the BLM:
♦ Public lands and resources, including authorized and permitted land uses, need to be managed for a growing population and
expanding urban interface, keeping in mind community values and needs.
♦ Increasing numbers and types of human activities and uses need to be addressed.
♦ Vegetation, water, terrestrial and aquatic habitat, and special areas (ACEC nominations), need to be
managed in a way that sustains biological diversity and native species populations.
♦ Mineral, renewable, and nonrenewable energy resources need to be managed in a way to promote sustainable
development and meet market demand.
♦ Land tenure adjustments, split estate, withdrawals, and utility or energy corridors need to be considered.