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What is a resource management plan?

A resource management plan (RMP) is a land use plan that provides the framework to guide decisions for every action and approved use on BLM-administered lands. An RMP establishes specific goals, objectives, allowable uses, management actions, and special designations for managing lands pursuant to the multiple-use and sustained yield mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) (43 U.S.C. 1701–1785).

How are lands in the Royal Gorge Field Office currently managed?

The BLM currently manages the Royal Gorge Field Office under the Royal Gorge Resource Area RMP and the Northeast RMP, and associated amendments.

What is the planning area for the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan?

The planning area for the RMP/EIS encompasses more than 35 million acres of land under various jurisdictions, including 7,177,100 acres of Federal mineral estate; however, BLM uses and actions considered in the MP would only apply to 658,200 acres of BLM-administered surface land and 3,311,900 acres of BLM-administered mineral estate within the Royal Gorge Field Office for which the BLM has the authority to make land use and management decisions. These areas are referred to collectively as the “decision area.”  

The RMP will not include planning or management decisions for land surface or minerals that are privately owned, owned by the State of Colorado, owned by local governments, or administered by other Federal agencies.

Can you describe how this resource management plan will be prepared?

Preparing an RMP is a multi-phase process that requires coordination between various programs within the BLM, as well as with other Federal agencies; State, local, and tribal governments; and the public. The Record of Decision (ROD)/Approved RMP is the final outcome of the planning process, but various baseline studies, preliminary reports, and public outreach must be conducted before and during preparation of the Draft RMP/EIS, Proposed RMP/Final EIS, and ROD/Approved RMP.

Once the BLM signs a Record of Decision to adopt a new or amended RMP, the planning process continues through the preparation of subsequent implementation plans, maintenance actions, and amendments.

Visit the Timeline page to see where the RMP is in the planning process and what lies ahead. The RMP planning area does not include the Browns Canyon National Monument, which will undergo its own planning effort.

What is the Draft Resource Management Plan?

The Draft Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan & Environmental Impact Statement describes a range of management approaches (“alternatives”) that the BLM could use to manage lands and resources and analyzes the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of each alternative. Underlying each alternative is a unique overall vision or theme for managing the planning area.

How can I get involved in the planning process for the RMP?

The public comment period for the Draft Eastern Colorado RMP/EIS gives members of the public a chance to provide comments on the management alternatives and impact analysis in the resource management plan. See How to get Involved in the navigation links on the left for information about other opportunities to participate during the multi-year planning process for the Eastern Colorado RMP.