BLM to review its planning process

2014-05-05T13:16:00Z 2014-05-05T21:04:29Z BLM to review its planning processGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 05, 2014 1:16 pm  • 

After using the same basic planning approach for 38 years, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will review how it develops its Resource Management Plans.

“As I’ve met with elected leaders and citizens from across the West on BLM issues, I’ve consistently heard two things: first, the BLM needs to more effectively address landscape-level management challenges; and second, planning takes too long.” BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement.

The decision was hailed by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as a way to “modernize this approach and remedy its shortcomings.

“For example, tracts of intact and undeveloped lands, commonly known as backcountry, are key BLM resources that aren’t adequately recognized and managed through existing agency planning guidance,” said Henri Bisson, former BLM deputy director for operations and BLM Alaska state director.

Based on an initial review, the BLM intends to target changes to, in part, create a planning process that is responsive to change, allowing BLM to keep plans current through amendments; and to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete RMPs.

“The main challenges the BLM face are incompatible development and land use, as well as the need for well-funded restoration,” said Ken Mayer, former director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

The BLM is seeking comments on how it can achieve the goal of a more effective, efficient and durable planning process. Individuals can learn more at www.blm.gov/plan2 and can provide feedback at blm_wo_plan2@blm.gov.

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