NAVIGATING THE DRAFT RMP/DRAFT EIS
The draft RMP and draft EIS is more than 1,900 pages with five chapters and 17 appendices. The following highlights some of the more important sections:
Acronyms and Abbreviations - Lists the acronyms and abbreviations used in the RMP/EIS.
Chapter 1. Introduction - Summarizes the proposed action, purpose and need, and decisions to be made in this RMP/EIS.
Chapter 2. Alternatives - Describes and compares the proposed management alternatives.
Chapter 3. Affected Environment - Presents existing biological, physical, and socioeconomic resources that could be affected by implementing the management alternatives.
Chapter 4. Environmental Consequences - Evaluates the impacts of the alternatives on the human and natural environment in terms of environmental, social, and economic consequences projected to occur from implementing the alternatives.
Glossary - Provides definitions for important terms used in the RMP/EIS.
Maps - Maps are in Appendix A. Maps are not printed, but are available electronically in volume III, included on the document CD, or on this Uncompahgre RMP ePlanning site
Written comments specific to the proposal or analysis were accepted through November 1, 2016:
• By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• By mail to the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401.
|Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information (PII) in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your PII – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment to have your PII withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
REVIEWING FOR SUBSTANTIVE COMMENTS
During the public scoping and comment periods, numerous public land users, organizations, and businesses provided comments to benefit the Uncompahgre RMP planning effort. The best and most useful comments are substantive comments; that is, those that have substance. The public was asked to avoid providing comments that offer only opinion.
Substantive comments do one or more of the following:
• Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of information in the EIS
• Question, with reasonable basis, the adequacy of, methodology for, or assumptions used for the environmental analysis;
• Present new information relevant to the analysis
• Present reasonable alternatives other than those analyzed in the EIS
• Cause changes or revisions in one or more of the alternatives
• Recommend specific changes to the landscape or management actions.
Types of Comments Not Beneficial to Plan Development
Comments that are not substantive include:
• Comments in favor of or against an action without any reasoning (such as “I don’t like” without providing any rationale)
• Comments that only agree or disagree with BLM policy
• Comments without justification or supporting data (such as “allow more grazing”); Comments that don’t pertain to the planning area (such as “the government should eliminate all dams throughout the west”)
• Comments that take the form of vague, open-ended questions.
We appreciate your efforts to provide substantive comments, which will be of tremendous benefit to this planning effort. Thank you for your interest in the Uncompahgre RMP.