I received this recently, you've got until May 5 to protest or comment on the proposed Resource Management Plan
(RMP) for the Colorado River Valley district, over a half million acres. Click here and scroll to the second page for the map
. Below are some excerpts in quotes.
"The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on 505,200 surface acres and 707,200 acres of subsurface mineral estate administered by the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties for approximately the next two decades. Note there's a section on wild and scenic rivers designation for some streams in the area (Deep Creek?)." Start with the Executive Summary and have the list of acronyms handy if you want to get a handle on what they want to do.
The 4 alternatives are summarized, I also dug some info on proposed leasing out of Table 2-2:
Alt. A - "The no action alternative, Alternative A, is a continuation of the present management direction and current prevailing conditions and is based on existing planning decisions and amendments." "Open 470,700 acres of BLM surface estate to salable/mineral materials disposal"
"Alt B. Alternative B (This is the BLM's "Preferred" Alternative) Seeks to allocate limited public land resources among competing human interests, land uses, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. Goals and objectives would focus on environmental, economic, and social outcomes achieved by strategically addressing demands across the landscape. Management direction would be broad to accommodate a variety of values and uses." "Open 42,700 acres of BLM surface estate to salable/mineral materials disposal"
"Alternative C (NOTE: This is supposedly the most environmentally friendly alternative of the four. - AH) emphasizes improving, rehabilitating, and restoring resources, and sustaining the ecological integrity of habitats for all priority plant, wildlife, and fish species, particularly the habitats needed for the protection, recovery, and enhancement of federally listed, proposed, or candidate threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Goals and objectives focus on environmental and social outcomes achieved by sustaining relatively unmodified physical landscapes and natural and cultural resource values for current and future generations. In some areas, commodity production or resource uses would be excluded to protect sensitive resources." "Open 323,100 acres of BLM surface estate to salable/mineral materials disposal"
Alternative D (this is the "Drill baby drill" alternative - AH) "an appropriate mix of uses on BLM lands and federal mineral estate would be allowed based on making the most of resources that target social and economic outcomes, while protecting land health. Management direction would recognize and expand existing uses, and accommodate new uses to the greatest extent possible." "Open 477,400 acres of BLM surface estate to salable/mineral materials disposal"
Reading between the lines, from use of the term "appropriate" in Alt. D above, I figured out that the guys in the leasing office must've had a major role in writing this thing. The BLM's pushing Alt. B. I think Alt D is in there to make their preferred alternative seem middle-of-the-road.
If you want to protest the planned action, you need to submit in writing to the BLM to:
REFERENCE: 1610 (CON040)
Director (21 0)
Attn : Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383