The BLM Director will issue a decision on protests received for the Proposed RMP. After protests are resolved, the BLM will issue an Approved RMP and Record of Decision (ROD), which will be publicly available on the RMP ePlanning project website. The BLM expects to issue the Approved RMP and ROD in fall 2019.
NAVIGATING THE PROPOSED RMP/FINAL EIS
The Proposed RMP/Final EIS contains five chapters and 20 appendices, and generally follows the same outline in the Draft RMP/EIS. New or modified text since the Draft RMP/EIS have been shaded in gray. The list below includes key sections of the Proposed RMP and Final EIS:
o Acronyms and Abbreviations
The printed version contains public comment summaries and responses to those summaries. Individual public comment excerpts are available online.
Lists the acronyms and abbreviations used in the RMP/EIS.
o Chapter 1, Introduction
Summarizes the proposed action, purpose and need, and decisions to be made in the RMP/EIS.
o Chapter 2, Alternatives
Summarizes alternatives A through D (from the Draft RMP/EIS) and the Proposed RMP. A detailed description of the alternatives (including goals, objectives, actions, and allowable uses) is provided in a new appendix, Appendix T.
o Chapter 3, Affected Environment
Describes the existing biological, physical, and socioeconomic characteristics of the Uncompahgre RMP Planning Area, including human uses that could be affected by implementing the alternatives described in Chapter 2.
o Chapter 4, Environmental Consequences
Evaluates potential environmental, social, and economic consequences to the human and natural environment from implementing the alternatives.
Provides definitions for important terms used in the RMP/EIS.
o Appendix A, Maps
o Appendix R, Public Comments on the Draft RMP/EIS
|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.
PROVIDING 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 support of and valuable contributions to this planning effort. Thank you for your continued interest in the Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan!