The BLM draft plan
Alternative I The No Action Alternative. Current management actions and approved land uses would continue, cross-country motorized travel would be permitted throughout the Planning Area. No drilling would be allowed atop the Roan.Alternative II Analyzes management for a full array of multiple-use activities, including mineral leasing, for all lands except 21,382 acres identified as having wilderness character. No surface drilling allowed on this acreage.Alternative III The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) preferred alternative This alternative analyzes management for a full array of multiple-use activities, including mineral leasing, for all lands except 9,006 acres, which would be managed to maintain roadlessness and naturalness. Leasing and drilling for oil and gas in nearly 35,000 acres above the rim would be deferred until 80 percent of anticipated wells below the rim have been completed.Alternative IV Analyzes management for a full array of multiple-use activities, including mineral leasing, while maintaining key ecological, visual, and recreational values. No areas would be managed specifically for maintenance of wilderness characteristics. Would designate the two principle watersheds on top of the plateau as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).Alternative V analyzes management for a full array of multiple-use activities, emphasizing mineral development and motorized public access while protecting all special status species and limiting development on slopes steeper than 50 percent. This alternative would identify more than 43,000 acres subject to No Ground Disturbance (NGD) and/or Site Specific Relocation (SPR) restrictions.Community Alternative (see saveroanplateau.org) This option is not on the current BLM draft plan The Roan Plateau would be governed by a balanced management plan that emphasizes protecting the wild character of the plateau’s cliffs and uplands. Nearly 38,000 acres would be protected as wilderness. Affords all eligible stream segments the highest level of protection. Designates 10 specific areas as ACEC. Designates a “closed, unless signed open,” travel system for the entire Plateau. Allows oil and gas drilling only at the base of the plateau.– Chris Black
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