BLM and USDA Forest Service Begin New Land Use Planning Process for Bears Ears National Monument

MONTICELLO, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management and the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service are seeking public input to help inform a new land use plan for Bears Ears National Monument that will protect cultural, physical, social, biological, the monument’s historical and scientific background and values ​​consistent with Presidential Proclamation 10285. The monument is jointly managed by the BLM and the Forest Service, with traditional and historical expertise and advice from tribal nations through the Bears Ears Commission. The Notice of Intent will be published in the Federal Register on August 30; see Federal Register submission HERE.

“This new management planning process provides an opportunity to learn from our past planning efforts and ensure that the Monument’s 1.36 million acres of public lands receive the appropriate protections,” said Greg Sheehan, BLM Utah State Manager. “The new presidential proclamation provides a framework for the management of the monument, but the public can help us determine how best to implement it. Feedback at this stage will help inform issues considered during the planning process and decisions made in the final management plan. »

The comment period will provide an important opportunity for the public to assist in the planning process for the monument, and the agencies welcome public input to identify critical management issues to determine the scope of environmental analysis, including issues analysis and the development of alternatives. Future public scoping meetings will also be an opportunity to speak with resource specialists and submit written comments.

The dates and locations of public scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance via local media, social media and the BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/utah. The agencies invite the public to submit written comments regarding the scope of the analysis, potential alternatives, identification of relevant information and studies, and designation of areas of critical environmental concern. To provide agencies with an opportunity to consider issues and areas of critical environmental concern raised by commenters in the draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, comments should be received no later than October 31, 2022 or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later.

Written comments can be submitted by the following methods:

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comment, please be aware that the entire comment, including personally identifying information, may be made public at any time. Requests to remove personally identifiable information from public scrutiny may be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Louisa R. Loomis