updated 18 May 05'
DESIRED FUTURE CONDITION : Rural counties empowered with the information and tools to help them work more effectively with natural resource managers, and be better prepared to enhance their role in the new economy.
This Overview addresses the following questions:
The Resource Management Plans (RMPs) developed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service (LRMPs) are the basis for nearly all natural resource management policy and decision-making activities that affect federal lands. Because the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) mandates that these RMPs are to be consistent with state and local plans "to the maximum extent...consistent with federal law...," it is essential that counties develop their own resource management plans to reflect local perspectives and desires for the natural resource, landscape, or use in question.
To help counties develop effective local resource management plans, the State of Utah has developed a County Resource Management Plan Toolkit, which is available to all Utah counties via the Internet. top
The County Resource Management Plan Toolkit is designed around the same structure that is used in federal resource management plans. By using this same structure it will be easier to compare county RMPs with federal RMPs, and it will increase the usefulness and impact of county plans in federal planning processes.
This structure centers around three important planning elements:
This structure can be applied to numerous management issues and concerns, but it becomes especially useful when counties apply it to specific landscapes, specific resources, and specific uses on the public lands, such as a specific watershed, a specific resource occurrence , or a specific recreation area.
For each specific landscape, resource, or issue, the Toolkit will help counties describe the existing condition with appropriate data, assist the county in describing it's vision for a desired future condition based on scientific analysis and the supporting legal framework, and will provide examples of how to monitor progress towards achieving the county's desired future condition. top
For each element (e.g. watersheds, wildlife, etc.) detailed in the Toolkit, the following sections and information are provided:
Section One: Issue Overview
The objective of this section is to help local officials gain a solid understanding of the issue and the important facts and context relative to the issue, as well as to stimulate thinking and discussion about options or trade-offs that should be considered in describing a desired future condition.
This section will also help counties identify and describe issues of potential conflict or concern related to the issue, including the nature of the concerns, and the forces driving the concerns, such as political interests, science, public opinion, etc.
Section Two: Defining the Existing Condition
It will provide a list of items that local officials should consider addressing when describing the existing condition.
Section Three: Desired Future Condition
Section Four: Policy and Position Statements
Section Five: Goals, Objectives and/or Action Items
The primary focus of this section is to provide examples of the types of improvements or changes that typically would be needed to reach the desired future condition.
Section Six: Monitoring Methods and Mechanisms
This section will provide examples of the types of monitoring methods and/or mechanisms that could be used to monitor progress. These may be as simple as a regular meeting between the county and the natural resource agency to review progress that is being made, or it may involve the installation of monitoring equipment or studies by scientists or other experts. This section will provide local officials with examples of monitoring methods they can use in order to effectively monitor, document, and ensure progress towards the desired future condition.
Section Seven: Sources and Resources to Assist
In assembling this Toolkit, the Governor's Office of Planning & Budget (GOPB) is coordinating the efforts of the various state agencies associated with planning for and managing of natural resources. Each agency has provided technical assistance in the form of:
GOPB will continue to provide assistance in the form of:
Planning is a local responsibility. The State's role is to assist local planning. Therefore, the first step is to formally decide to plan because,
…vision without action is a daydream, but action without vision is a nightmare…top
If you have any questions about this page, please don't hesitate to contact me.
-Brian Cottam, GOPB