The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed Resource Management Plan(RMP) for the Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) on June 28, 2019. The Uncompahgre RMP will determine the management of BLM lands in this area, collectively known as the Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO), for decades to come.

The release of the proposed RMP is the culmination of a decade long process, one in which the community has worked hard to voice it’s opinion. The Conservation Center, along with local partners and the public, successfully lobbied to have the North Fork Alternative, a citizen alternative, included as an alternative in the draft RMP.

To learn all you need to know about the process, the North Fork Alternative, and everything in between, follow the links below.


How did we get here?

Beginning in 2010, the process of revising the BLM UFO RMP has been characterized by agency plodding and community response. Find out how we got here, and what happened during this process

The North Fork Alternative

In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which considers alternative management scenarios for BLM lands in the Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO). In that analysis the BLM considered a community-derived proposal, called the North Fork Alternative, developed by community stakeholders. This plan is the best plan for resource development for the Lower Gunnison Watershed. Let us show you why.

The Wilderness Society's RMP Story Map

What will the RMP look like on the ground?

Our friends at The Wilderness Society built a story map that shows how our valley might look if all areas are opened to development as proposed in the RMP.

  • Lands open to oil and gas in BLM's Preferred Alternative
  • Other

The BLM is proposing to keep ninety five percent (95%) of the Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) open to oil and gas development.

The US Forest Service manages land in the upper watershed as part of the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison National Forest (GMUG). The BLM manages much of the lower watershed as part of the Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO). The BLM also manages the federal mineral estate beneath much of the GMUG National Forest.

Proposed Resource Management Plan

After it has considered the comment received on the draft RMP/DEIS, the agency issued a proposed plan and FEIS on June 28th, 2019. The Proposed RMP has major negative implications for the North Fork Valley. Mainly, it proposed a new alternative that wasn’t in the Draft RMP.

Find out all the issues with the plan here, and how you can lend your voice.

Governor's Consistency Review

Gov. Polis Weighs In On The RMP

Once the proposed RMP was released in June, Governor Polis was given a 60 day window to note inconsistencies with state plans. See what he said below.


Any and all resources you might need pertaining to the BLM’s Uncompahgre Field Office Resource Management Plan

“We have worked with partners in 25 communities to develop the range of alternatives in this draft plan, including a community vision for the North Fork Valley,” said Dana Wilson, former Southwest Associate District Manager. “These are some of the public’s most spectacular landscapes, from canyon country to the foothills of the West Elk Mountains and Grand Mesa, providing recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, forage for grazing and energy resources.”

Let’s hold the BLM accountable to protecting all of these spectacular resources here on the Western Slope!