Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Tres
Rios Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental
Impact Statement, Colorado
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Availability.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability
of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Approved Resource Management
Plan (RMP) for the Tres Rios Field Office located in Archuleta,
Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, San Juan and San
Miguel counties in southwest Colorado. The document also serves as the
BLM's decision to adopt the U.S. Forest Service oil and gas leasing
decisions for Federal mineral estate administered by the San Juan
National Forest in Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral,
Montezuma, Rio Grande and San Juan counties. The Colorado State
Director signed the ROD on February 27, 2015, which constitutes the
final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective
ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available upon request
from the Field Manager, BLM Tres Rios Field Office, 29211 Highway 184,
Dolores, CO 81323; or via the internet at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/sjplc/land_use_planning.html
. The ROD/Approved RMP are available for
public inspection at the Tres Rios Field Office, and the San Juan
Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Jones, Southwest District NEPA
Coordinator; telephone 970-240-5381; address 2465 South Townsend
Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401; email email@example.com
. 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 RMP provides management for 503,589
acres of BLM land in southwest Colorado. The RMP describes the actions
to meet desired resource conditions for upland and riparian vegetation;
fish and wildlife habitat; water resources; air quality; cultural,
paleontological and visual resources; as well as livestock grazing;
mineral and alternative energy; and recreation.
The BLM and the U.S. Forest Service initiated scoping for the RMP
in 1999. The agencies sought public input via meetings and interviews,
including an intensive year of facilitated public meetings in 2005, in
order to develop the Draft Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP)/
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft was published for a 90-
day public comment period in December 2007. Based on public comments,
the agencies identified the need to prepare a Supplement to the Draft
EIS to consider the Reasonable Foreseeable Development potential of oil
and gas in the Gothic Shale Gas Play, which was published in August
2011. The preferred alternative for the Draft LRMP was carried forward
into the Proposed LRMP/Final EIS, which was published in September
2013, initiating the protest period and Governor's Consistency Review.
During the protest period for the Proposed LRMP, the BLM received 14
valid protest submissions. The BLM granted one protest in part and
dismissed the remaining protests. The BLM granted in part one protest
regarding 15 potential Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
that BLM determined met both the relevance and importance criteria, but
were not analyzed in the range of alternatives in the Draft EIS due to
a procedural error. The BLM will evaluate these areas, as well as the
two existing ACECs that will continue to be designated as ACECs in the
Approved RMP, in a future plan amendment. The decisions in the Approved
RMP will protect these areas from impairment of their identified
relevant and important values.
As a result of the Governor's Consistency Review, the BLM modified
its direction to maintain minimum instream flow levels for the benefit
of fisheries from a standard to a guideline. The BLM has also made
minor editorial modifications to the Approved RMP to provide further
clarification of some of the decisions.
The ROD also serves as the BLM's decision to adopt the U.S. Forest
Service oil and gas leasing decision for Federal mineral estate
administered by the San Juan National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service
outlined its decision in the San Juan National Forest's September 2013
Record of Decision, Oil and Gas Leasing Availability. The BLM concurs
with the selection of Alternative B as described in the U.S. Forest
Service Record of Decision. In the Approved RMP, the BLM also
designates routes for mechanized travel in the Phil's World and Mud
Springs portion of the planning area that were analyzed in the 2008
Cortez-Mancos Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment (CO-800-
2006-090-EA). These route designations are implementation decisions and
are appealable under 43 CFR part 4
. These decisions are contained in
Section 2.13 of the Approved RMP. Any party adversely affected by the
proposed route designations may appeal within 30 days of publication of
this Notice of Availability pursuant to 43 CFR part 4, subpart E. The
appeal should state the specific route(s), as identified in Appendix A
of the Approved RMP, for which the decision is being appealed. The
appeal must be filed with the Tres Rios Field Manager at the above
listed address. Please consult the appropriate regulations (43 CFR part
4, subpart E) for further appeal requirements.
Authority: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10.
BLM Colorado State Director.
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