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This Plan Amendment will analyze fires and fuels management actions and their impacts on the human environment for public lands administered by the eight New Mexico and Texas BLM Field Offices in one document in order to ensure consistency and collaboration among the offices and the interested public.
The current RMPs and all other documents relevant to this planning process are available for public review at the New Mexico State Office, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, Monday through Friday (excluding legal holidays), from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The proposed Plan Amendment will: (1) Establish Field Office-wide objectives for fire and fuels management; (2) delineate fire management areas; (3) identify broad vegetation treatments; (4) identify general restrictions on fire management practices; and (5) determine the criteria by which the broad treatment areas can be changed. BLM has identified general issues for this planning effort, including: protection of human life; protection of property; protection of natural/cultural resources; integration of fire and resource management; and protection of air quality. These issues, along with others that may be identified through public participation, will be considered during the planning process. BLM has identified the following preliminary planning criteria to guide the planning process: compliance with all legal mandates of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the BLM planning regulations in 43 CFR part 1600, as well as consistency with Fire Plans of other agencies and State and local jurisdictions. Additional planning criteria may be identified during the comment period.
Existing information will be used to develop the Plan Amendment and EA. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to develop the Plan Amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Disciplines involved in the planning process will include but are not limited to fire and fuels management, rangeland management, outdoor recreation management, archaeology, wildlife management, wilderness management, hydrology, soils science, sociology, and economics. Selectable alternatives must contribute to the achievement of New Mexico BLM public and land standards, the purpose of the Proposed Plan Amendment, and protection of communities at risk from catastrophic wildfire.
The planning process will utilize a collaborative approach. This will allow the public, Tribes, State and Federal agencies, local elected officials, and BLM specialists to participate in identifying issues and developing and analyzing alternatives. In addition to the initial public comment period and workshops, the public will also be invited, through a
Agency representatives and interested persons are invited to visit with BLM officials at any time during the planning process.