BLM and FS make several kinds of decisions about oil and gas development on public lands. At the national level, BLM decisions include adopting regulations and management policies. Both agencies make decisions at the local level by preparing land use plans (called resource management plans—RMPs— for the BLM and LRMPs or sometimes “Forest Plans” for the Forest Service). These land use plans identify areas that are closed or open to oil and gas leasing, as well as areas that require special development practices in order to preserve other resource values. Both agencies also make decisions about individual oil and gas operations. You have the right to participate in all of these decisions.
The Forest Service has its own set of land use planning requirements, which are very detailed and found at 36 C.F.R. Pt. 219.
More Information about the transition from Land Use Planning to Producing Wells: