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Citation Label: NM16
Publication Name: Farmington Resource Management Plan with Record of Decision
Publication Type: Land Use Plan / NEPA Document
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Author Name: Bureau of Land Management
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Publication Year: 2003
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Local Source File: NM16-FarmingtonResourceManagementPlanwithRecordofDecision.pdf
Annotation: This Record of Decision (ROD) approves the proposed revision to the Farmington Resource Management Plan. The proposed plan revision was described as the preferred alternative in the Farmington Proposed Resource Management Plan (PRMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The plan provides guidance for managing approximately 1,415,300 acres of public land and 3,020,693 acres of federal minerals in San Juan, McKinley, Rio Arriba and Sandoval Counties. The overall planning area encompasses 8,274,100 acres.
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Recommended and Required -- Most of the Plan -- Recommended: "The Plan will guide the Farmington Field Office when making decisions regarding oil and gas leasing and development, OHV designations land ownership adjustments, management of SDAs, and coal leasing suitability." (pg 3) Appendix B -- Required: "The following stipulations are attached to new leases issued in specific areas. Pg. B-1
Ownership: Ownership: Federal “The decision does not apply to private or state lands or minerals or to lands or minerals administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the benefit of Native American Tribes or individuals. All of the lands and minerals administered by the Farmington Field Office are included in the decision. Oil and gas related activities on lands administered by the Albuquerque Field Office are also included. BLM will continue to manage subsurface aspects of oil and gas leases under lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Forest Service, but surface management will be determined by those agencies’ land use planning documents.” Pg. 2. “The management objectives and philosophies developed in this plan are intended to be applied only to the public surface and mineral estate.” Pg. 1-2