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UTAH - BLM Announces NOI To Prepare Monument Management Plans for the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Creek and Shash Jáa Units & Associated EIS

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Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Office, Moab, Utah intends to prepare a Monument Management Plan (MMP) for the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Creek Unit, and intends to jointly prepare, with the Manti La-Sal National Forest (USFS), Price, Utah, a MMP for the Shash Jáa Unit. The BLM and USFS, which is a co-manager of the Shash Jáa Unit, will prepare a single Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to satisfy the NEPA requirements for this planning process.

By this Notice, the BLM announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. These MMPs may replace portions of the existing Monticello Field Office Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan, as amended, and the Manti- La Sal National Forest Plan.

This Notice initiates the public scoping process for separate MMPs for each monument unit with an associated combined 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 included 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.

Additional opportunities for public participation will be provided 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: Bears Ears National Monument: https://goo.gl/uLrEae
    Mail: 365 North Main, P.O. Box 7, Monticello, UT 84535

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM Canyon Country District or Monticello Field Office. Supplementary information is available in the Federal Register Notice here.  

For further information, contact Lance Porter, District Manager, telephone (435) 259-2100; address 365 North Main, P.O. Box 7, Monticello, UT 84535; email blm_ut_monticello_monuments@blm.gov. Contact Mr. Porter 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

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