The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District (CCD) is preparing a comprehensive Resource Management Plan (RMP) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to guide management of BLM administered public land (surface lands and federal minerals) within the District. The RMP/EIS will be prepared as a dynamic and flexible plan to allow management to reflect the changed needs of the planning area and will replace the existing Carson City Field Office Consolidated Resource Management Plan (2001) and amendments.
The need for the Carson City RMP/EIS is to respond to new policies, including but not limited to, energy, demand for limited resources, appropriate protection of sensitive resources, increases in conflict between competing resource values and land uses, and other issues that have surfaced since approval of the existing RMPs. The overall objective of the RMP/EIS planning effort is to provide a collaborative planning approach that assists BLM in updating the management decisions of the current RMPs.
Description of Planning Area:
The Carson City District Planning Area encompasses approximately 4.8 million acres of public land in 11 counties within two states (Washoe, Storey, Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Churchill, Mineral, and Nye Counties within Nevada, and Alpine, Plumas, and Lassen Counties within California). The BLM does not manage lands for other federal entities. The decisions in the RMP/EIS are only for BLM lands.
What is a Resource Management Plan?:
An RMP, similar to a county master plan, is a land use plan that describes broad multiple-use guidance for managing public lands administered by the BLM. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs the BLM to develop such land use plans and to provide for appropriate uses of public lands. Decisions in land use plans guide future land management actions and subsequent site-specific implementation decisions.
The RMP Process:
The CCD RMP planning process began on February 24, 2012 with the publication in the Federal Register of a Notice of Intent to prepare a Resource Management Plan. The planning process is expected to take approximately 4 years to complete. Along with the development of the RMP, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be developed as part of the planning process in order to understand the effects of the land management actions proposed on resources found within the Planning Area as well as effects of those actions on public land users.
The scoping period ran from February 24, 2012 through April 29, 2012 where the public was invited to submit their comments to the CCD. Public involvement is an integral and important part of land use planning. The BLM wants to know how people think their public lands should be used and managed. Opportunities for public involvement and comments are provided throughout the planning process. The BLM uses the information from public and other sources to determine current resource conditions, changes needed in managing these resources, and desired conditions for public lands the CCD manages. For information regarding upcoming meetings look under the "How to get involved" tab to the left.
This web site will provide the latest information on the development of the RMP/EIS. As the project progresses, this web site will include the latest information including background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins and other documents.