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.

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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

Time To Choose

Conservation Lands Foundation

In nine places across the American West and Alaska, including the North Fork Valley, iconic and irreplaceable lands are being handed over to mining and development.

These public lands ARE NOT ESSENTIAL FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION — but they ARE essential for the economies of hundreds of local communities, vital wildlife habitats, Indigenous culture, and beloved recreation areas used by millions of Americans.

Too Wild To Drill

The Wilderness Society

What if we destroyed some of the best wild places in America for short-lived commercial gains?

Right now, our last remaining wild places are under tremendous threat from pressures for oil, gas and mineral extraction on public lands. Americans depend on these unique wild lands for their way of life. Energy companies already have more leases than they can use — of the 27 million acres currently under lease to oil and gas companies, more than half are sitting idle. Likewise, the coal industry already has 20 years of reserves under lease.

Help us protect the North Fork Valley, and the other Too Wild To Drill landscapes

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.

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.


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!