Notice of Availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plan
and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley
Field Office, Colorado
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a
Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Final Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) for the Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO) and
by this notice is announcing its availability.
DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM's
Proposed RMP/Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions and files a
protest must file the protest within 30 days of the date that the
Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability of
the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in the Federal Register.
ADDRESSES: The BLM has sent copies of the CRVFO Proposed RMP/Final EIS
to affected Federal, State, and local government agencies; other
stakeholders; tribal governments; and members of the public who have
requested copies. Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available
for public inspection at the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300
River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652; BLM Colorado Northwest District
Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506; and Garfield County
libraries in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, and Rifle.
Interested persons may also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on the
Internet at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html
. All protests must be in writing and mailed
to one of the following addresses:
Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-
210, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383.
Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator,
WO-210, 20 M Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Hopkins, Planning and
Environmental Coordinator; telephone 970-876-9073; Colorado River
Valley Field Office (see address above); email BLM_CO_SI_CRVFO_Webmail@blm.gov.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business
hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to
leave a message or question with the above
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CRVFO RMP revision covers lands and
Federal mineral estate across six Colorado counties: Eagle, Garfield,
Mesa, Pitkin, Routt, and Rio Blanco. Management decisions outlined in
this RMP revision apply only to BLM-managed surface lands
(approximately 505,200 acres) and to BLM-managed Federal mineral estate
(approximately 701,200 acres) that may lie beneath other Federal,
State, and private surface ownership with the exception of National
Forest lands. The Proposed RMP will replace the 1984 Glenwood Springs
Resource Area RMP. The BLM made the Draft RMP/EIS available for a 90-
day public comment period on September 9, 2011. Due to several
requests, the comment period was extended until January 17, 2012, and
then again to February 29, 2012, for a total of 166 days. The Draft
RMP/EIS described and analyzed a series of goals, objectives, and
management actions within four management alternatives designed to
address new management challenges and issues raised during scoping. The
four alternatives analyzed in the Draft RMP/EIS were:
Alternative A: Continues existing management practices (no
Alternative B: (Preferred Alternative)
seeks to allocate
public land resources among competing human interests and land uses
with the conservation of natural and cultural resource values.
Alternative C: Emphasizes improving, rehabilitating and
restoring resources while sustaining the ecological integrity of
habitats for priority, federally-listed, proposed, candidate, and
threatened and endangered plant, wildlife, and fish species.
Alternative D: Emphasizes a mix of uses centered 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. Alternative B (Proposed RMP) in the Final EIS is based on
Alternative B (Preferred Alternative) from the Draft RMP/EIS, however,
it includes elements of the other alternatives analyzed in the Draft
The Proposed RMP would provide comprehensive, long-range decisions
for the use and management of resources in the planning area
administered by the BLM's CRVFO and focus on the principles of multiple
use and sustained yield. For the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-24/html/2014-06334.htm