Joint EIS/BLM RMP and BIA Integrated RMP, OK/KS/TX/NE
CLIENT: blm and bia
EMPSi is preparing a resource management plan (RMP) in collaboration with the BLM Oklahoma Field Office and an integrated RMP in collaboration with the BIA Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains Regional offices. These RMPs are being evaluated in a single joint EIS. This effort will provide a comprehensive framework for the management of BLM-administered lands and federal mineral estate in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, and create a unifying document for fulfilling the BIA’s Indian trust responsibilities on tribal and allotted lands. It will consolidate and update existing RMPs and amendments, reevaluate resource availability, resolve resource conflicts, and identify management direction for allotted and tribal mineral interests, including restricted tribal lands and lands administered by the BIA.
Supporting studies over the planning area include air quality, land ownership research, cultural resources, social and economic analysis, raptor management, migratory bird, focused visual resources inventory, hydrologic assessment, Wild and Scenic River evaluation, and a biological assessment. The final EIS and RMP are expected in 2018.
- Complex 270-million-acre planning area composed of federal, tribal trust, state, county, and private lands in 437 counties across four states, covering BLM- and BIA-administered surface lands and subsurface mineral estate
- Facilitated public involvement, scoping, and alternatives development along with extensive coordination with federal, state, local agencies, and over 40 tribes
- Complex land and mineral estate ownership issues and jurisdictions
- Preparing single EIS that addresses differing agency missions and directives