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Two-letter Resource Management Codes are assigned to state-owned tracts in Texas bays and estuaries, and Gulf of Mexico waters, representing development guidelines for activities within the tracts. The codes enhance protection of sensitive natural resources by providing recommendations for minimizing adverse impacts from mineral exploration and development activities.

Resource Management Codes assist potential bidders by providing the best available information on natural resource concerns that may be associated with leasing state land tracts, and assist them with project planning efforts. These codes are based on the recommendations from the following external resources: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Historical Commission, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

Codes fall under the following descriptions; please see general recommendations, definitions and explanations under these sections:

Resource Management Codes are provided for information and are not part of the General Land Office mineral lease contract. The codes may assist state land lessees during the Corps permitting process by informing a prospective operator of restrictions that may be included in the Corps permit.

Resource Management Codes do not grant authorization to perform work. All proposed work should be coordinated with and may require a permit from the Corps, Galveston District, before undertaking any activity. If Resource Management Codes are included by the applicant on Corps permit drawings, they should be titled "Recommended Resource Codes."

Before beginning work on a state tract, lessees may be required to conduct a survey for sensitive habitats and resources. In most cases, tract development may proceed when an applicant demonstrates that the development plan is not inconsistent with the concerns listed in the codes. When impacts to sensitive habitats or resources are unavoidable, development may be allowed, subject to negotiation for mitigation.

If a tract offered for lease is not included in the following list, the tract is assigned Resource Management Code MA — "No Special Recommendations."

Potential bidders who have questions about codes are encouraged to contact the commenting agencies regarding any concerns, restrictions, updates, or additional information relating to tracts on which they intend to bid. Assistance is available from the commenting agencies or from the General Land Office, Coastal Resources Program at (512) 475-1512.