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Citation Label: UT20
Publication Name: Vernal Field Office: Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan
Publication Type: Land Use Plan / NEPA Document
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Author Name: Bureau of Land Management
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Publication Year: 2008
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Local Source File: UT20-VernalFinalPlan.pdf
Annotation: "The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) requires that the BLM "develop, maintain, and when appropriate, revise land-use plans" (43 United States Code [USC] 1712 [a]). The BLM has determined it is necessary to revise existing land-use plans (LUP) and prepare a new RMP for the VFO based on a number of new issues that have arisen since preparation of the existing plans. In general, the purpose of this RMP is to provide a comprehensive framework for public land management within the jurisdiction of the VFO and its allocation of resources pursuant to the multiple-use and sustained yield mandate of FLPMA." (page 1)
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Ownership: Federal - "This Record of Decision (ROD) approves the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) proposal to manage the public lands within the Vernal Field Office..." (page 1); "Decisions and actions of the Approved RMP will only apply to BLM lands or BLM mineral estate where there is a split in ownership. In the case of split estate lands, such as lands within the planning area that are split between the BLM and the Uintah and Ouray Indian Tribe, actions affecting the surface must be coordinated with the surface owner. Undertakings conducted on lands not wholly or partly administered by the BLM (for example, fractional interest lands) are subject to the laws, regulations, conditions, and policies of the relevant land management agency or other landowner." pg. 4 "The Approved RMP does not contain decisions for the mineral estates of land administered by the BLM Vernal Field Office for Forest Service lands located in the planning area, for lands under the jurisdiction of other Federal agencies, or for private or State-owned lands and minerals ... decisions for the surface estate only apply to BLM managed lands." (page 21)