UTAH - BLM Announces NOI to Prepare RMPs for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument-Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon Units

UTAH - BLM Announces NOI to Prepare RMPs for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument-Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon Units and Federal Lands Previously Included in the Monument that are Excluded from the Boundaries and Associated EIS

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and Kanab Field Office, Kanab, Utah, intends to prepare Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the GSENM-Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon Units, and Federal lands previously included in the Monument that were excluded from the boundaries by Proclamation 9682. The BLM will prepare a single Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to satisfy the NEPA requirements for these RMPs.

By this Notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The RMPs will replace the existing Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Management Plan (the "1999 Monument Management Plan"), which was completed in 1999.

This Notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMPs and associated EIS. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/utah. To be considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to March 19, 2018 or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft EIS.

You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the planning process by any of the following methods:

    Website: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: https://goo.gl/EHvhbc.
    Mail: 669 S Hwy. 89A Kanab, UT 84741.

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the GSENM and the BLM Kanab Field Office. Supplementary information is available in the Federal Register Notice here.

For further information, contact Matthew Betenson, Associate Monument Manager, telephone (435) 644-1200; address 669 S Hwy. 89A Kanab, UT 84741; email BLM_UT_CCD_monuments@blm.gov. Contact Mr. Betenson to add your name to our mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Don Amador                                                                Ric Foster
Western States Representative                                Public Lands Department Manager
Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition                       Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition
brdon@sharetrails.org                                                brrichard@sharetrails.org

From what I hear there hadn’t been much interest in taking advantage of these due to costs associated with extraction and lack of infrastructure. Sounds like a negative ROI at this point and I hope it stays that way!

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