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Land Use Planning Handbook H-1601-1 released by the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

"This Handbook provides supplemental guidance to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees for implementing the BLM land use planning requirements established by Sections 201 and 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1711-1712) and the regulations in 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1600. Land use plans and planning decisions are the basis for every on-the-ground action the BLM undertakes. Land use plans include both resource management plans (RMPs) and management framework plans (MFPs).

Land use plans ensure that the public lands are managed in accordance with the intent of Congress as stated in FLPMA (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), under the principles of multiple use and sustained yield. As required by FLPMA and BLM policy, the public lands must be managed in a manner that protects the quality of scientific, scenic, historical, ecological, environmental, air and atmospheric, water resource, and archaeological values; that, where appropriate, will preserve and protect certain public lands in their natural condition; that will provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife and domestic animals; that will provide for outdoor recreation and human occupancy and use; and that recognizes the Nation’s need for domestic sources of minerals, food, timber, and fiber from the public lands by encouraging collaboration and public participation throughout the planning process. Land use plans are one of the primary mechanisms for guiding BLM activities to achieve the mission and goals outlined in the Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Plan.

This Handbook provides guidance for preparing, revising, amending, and maintaining land use plans. This Handbook also provides guidance for developing subsequent implementation (activity-level and project-specific) plans and decisions. It builds on field experience gained in implementing the 1983 planning regulations (43 CFR 1600), subsequent BLM Manual guidance, and the 2000 Handbook. This guidance does not, however, change or revise the planning regulations in 43 CFR 1600, which take precedence over this Handbook. Definitions for terms used in this Handbook are found in the glossary and in the BLM planning regulations in 43 CFR 1601.0-5.

Any interpretation of the guidance contained in this Handbook is subservient to the legal and regulatory mandates contained in FLPMA, 43 CFR 1600, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, and other applicable Federal laws and regulations. This planning guidance:

1. encourages planning on a variety of scales, including both local and regional, in partnership with other landowners and agencies;

2. encourages active public participation throughout the planning process and facilitates multijurisdictional planning;

3. clarifies the relationship between land use plans and implementation plans (implementation plans include both activity-level and project-specific plans);

4. provides procedural requirements for completing land use plans and implementation plans;

5. clarifies the relationships between land use and implementation planning and NEPA requirements;

6. addresses new requirements and approaches for managing public lands or resources; and

7. addresses the consideration of new information and circumstances, e.g., new listings of threatened and endangered species, and new requirements and standards for the protection of air and water quality, etc."


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Bureau of Land Management - Land Use Planning Handbook (H-1601-1) (2005).