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Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Grand
Junction 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 Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) located in Mesa,
Garfield, Montrose, and Rio Blanco counties, Colorado. The Colorado
State Director signed the ROD on August 24, 2015, which constitutes the
final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD and Approved RMP are available upon
request from the Field Manager, GJFO, BLM, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction,
CO 81506 or via the Internet at under the ``RMP Documents'' link. Copies of the ROD and
Approved RMP are available for public inspection at the GJFO (see
address above) and the Mesa County libraries in Grand Junction,
Collbran, De Beque, Fruita and Gateway, Colorado.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina Stark, Planning and
Environmental Coordinator; telephone 970-244-3027; GJFO (see address
above); email 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 GJFO has worked cooperatively with the
public, interest groups, stakeholders, cooperating agencies, Native
American tribes, the Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, the
Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, and neighboring BLM offices for the past seven years
developing the approved RMP. The result is an Approved RMP that seeks
to provide a balance between the protection, restoration and
enhancement of natural and cultural values, while allowing resource use
and development in existing or reasonable locations. Goals and
objectives focus on environmental, economic and social outcomes
achieved by strategically addressing demands across the landscape.
Management direction is broad to accommodate a variety of values and
uses. Management decisions outlined in the Approved RMP apply only to
BLM-managed surface lands (approximately 1,061,400 acres) and BLM-
managed Federal mineral estate (approximately 1,231,300 acres) that
lies beneath BLM-managed surface lands, and lands managed by other
Federal, State, and private owners, including National Forest System
    The Approved RMP will replace the 1987 Grand Junction Resource Area
RMP. The Approved RMP outlines goals, objectives, management actions
and allowable uses for resources and land uses including, but not
limited to: Air, soil, water, upland and riparian vegetation, fish and
wildlife, cultural and paleontological resources, visual resources,
recreation, livestock grazing, energy development, minerals, forestry
and realty.
    The BLM initiated scoping for the RMP revision in 2008 and
collected information and public input via public meetings in order to
develop the Draft RMP/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was
published in December 2012. Based on public and agency comments, the
BLM developed the Proposed RMP by combining various elements of all the
alternatives considered in the Draft RMP/EIS.
    The BLM published the Proposed RMP/Final EIS on April 10, 2015, and
made it available for a 30-day public protest period. During the
protest period for the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, the BLM received 19
protests on a variety of issues. Following the protest resolution, the
BLM made minor editorial modifications to the Approved RMP to provide
further clarification on some of the decisions being made. The BLM
dismissed all protests.
    The BLM regulations also require a 60-day Governor's Consistency
Review period for the Proposed RMP/Final EIS to ensure consistency with
officially approved or adopted state or local government plans,
policies or programs. The Governor did not identify any inconsistencies
as part of this review.
    While the Approved RMP contains some conservation management
measures for the Greater Sage-Grouse habitat, final decisions on how to
manage Greater Sage-Grouse habitat within the GJFO administrative

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boundaries will be made in the Record of Decision for the Northwest
Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendment and EIS. The Northwest
Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendment and EIS will fully analyze
applicable Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures, consistent with
BLM Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-044. The BLM expects to make a
comprehensive set of decisions for managing Greater Sage-Grouse on
lands administered by the GJFO in the ROD for the Northwest Colorado
Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendment. That decision will amend the
Approved RMP. In the interim, leasing in Greater Sage-Grouse habitat
will continue to be deferred until a final decision has been made on
the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendment.
    The Approved RMP includes some implementation decisions, which are
displayed and numbered as implementation decisions in the Approved RMP.
Implementation decisions are generally appealable to the Interior Board
of Land Appeals under 43 CFR 4.410. For example, the decisions
designating routes of travel are implementation decisions and are
appealable under 43 CFR part 4. The route decisions are displayed as an
attachment to Appendix M of the Approved RMP. Any party adversely
affected by the 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 M of the Approved RMP, on which the decision is being
appealed. The appeal must be filed with the Grand Junction Field
Manager at the address listed above. Please consult the appropriate
regulations (43 CFR, part 4, subpart E) for further appeal

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6.

Gregory P. Shoop,
BLM Colorado Associate State Director.
[FR Doc. 2015-20706 Filed 8-21-15; 8:45 am]

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