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In addition to the questions and answers below, see also the Preliminary Alternatives Fact Sheets on the Documents & Reports page (click on the link in the navigation menu on the left).
 
 
 
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 ECRMP 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 ECRMP 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 ECRMP 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 ECRMP is in the planning process and what lies ahead. In addition to overall resource management across the planning area, the ECRMP will consider a Master Leasing Plan (MLP) for the South Park area, which is further described below. The ECRMP planning area does not include the new Browns Canyon National Monument, which will undergo its own planning effort.

What are the Preliminary Alternatives Report and Draft Basis for Analysis?

The Preliminary Alternatives Report describes a range of management approaches (“alternatives”) that the BLM could select to manage lands and resources. Underlying each alternative is a unique vision or theme for managing the planning area. See the preliminary alternative fact sheets on the Documents & Reports page for an overview of the ECRMP’s preliminary alternative themes. The preliminary alternatives are precursors to the alternatives that will be considered in the Draft RMP/EIS.

The Draft Basis for Analysis explains how the BLM proposes to analyze the physical, biological, economic, and social effects of implementing each management plan alternative. It identifies data sources, assumptions, and methods that would be used to analyze the effects of the alternatives in the Draft RMP/EIS.

The Preliminary Alternatives Report and Draft Basis for Analysis are now available for public review. The BLM is seeking input regarding any concerns and changes to the alternatives or analysis approach before it begins analyzing the alternatives in the Draft RMP/EIS. See the Documents & Reports page for more information.

What is the South Park Master Leasing Plan?

The Colorado Wildlife Federation submitted an application to the BLM on November 4, 2011, recommending a master leasing plan for South Park. MLPs allow the BLM to plan for oil and gas development in a defined area containing a high level of potential resource concerns. The MLP was discussed among stakeholders during subsequent South Park MLP stakeholder workshops, independently convened by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and The Keystone Center.

The stakeholder effort was neither convened nor requested by the BLM, was not a formal component of BLM’s National Environmental Policy Act process, and did not constitute a Federal Advisory Committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). The BLM used the final report from these workshops, as well as scoping comments, to inform its decisions in the MLP alternatives.

Public input on the MLP to date has centered on establishing a framework for oil and gas leasing that protects the unique environmental and cultural values of South Park. The primary concerns identified through stakeholder workshops and public scoping are oil and gas leasing, fish and wildlife, recreation and scenery, water quantity and quality, cultural resources, and air quality. See the Preliminary Alternatives Report on the Documents & Reports page for more information.

What is the BLM's mitigation strategy for the Eastern Colorado RMP?

The BLM is developing a mitigation strategy that will be included in the Draft Eastern Colorado RMP/EIS. The purpose of the mitigation strategy will be to identify mitigation needs and measures across the Royal Gorge Field Office and guide future management and site-specific mitigation to achieve healthy and resilient landscapes while complying with the BLM’s multiple-use mandate.

The mitigation strategy will provide guidance on a full mitigation hierarchy including avoidance, minimization, rectification, reduction, and compensation. See Appendix C of the Preliminary Alternatives Report on the Documents & Reports page for additional details on the Eastern Colorado RMP mitigation strategy.

What is public scoping, and how can I get involved in the planning process for the ECRMP?

The official scoping period for the Eastern Colorado RMP was from June 1-July 31, 2015. This period gave members of the public a change to voice their opinions on what issues should be addressed in the plan and how the agency should manage its resources. 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 ECRMP.