About Resource Management Planning

A Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a planning document used to define policy, goals, and objectives for managing natural resources on public lands (Utah Code 63L-6-103).

The State of Utah supports the wise use, conservation, and protection of public lands and their resources, including well-planned management prescriptions. It is the State’s position that public lands be managed for multiple uses, sustained yields, prevention of waste of natural resources, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

It is important to the State economy that public lands be properly managed for fish, wildlife, livestock production, timber harvest, recreation, energy production, mineral extraction, water resources, and the preservation of natural, scenic, scientific, and historical values.

The cornerstone of this management is the coordination and cooperation between the State and Federal land management agencies. The State recognizes that federal agencies are mandated to manage public lands according to federal laws, policies, and regulations established within the framework of the U. S. Constitution, including the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As part of this framework, the Federal agencies must provide consideration to local plans and identify any inconsistencies between local and Federal plans. The State and County RMPs provide federal land managers local plans which they shall consider in their planning processes of public lands.

How are the Plans being used?

Federal Agencies review the State and County RMPs when conducting environmental analyses to identify potential inconsistencies between the local plans and their proposed action(s). 

For example, a recent Environmental Assessment that the Bureau of Land Management conducted states, "The State of Utah’s Resource Management Plan (Utah 2018) supports livestock grazing program efforts that address rangeland developments and improvements, continued livestock grazing following appropriate rangeland management principles and cooperation with livestock permittees and the State of Utah." This EA also reviewed the Box Elder County RMP.