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Planning Update

BLM Releases Draft Plan for San Juan Islands National Monument
On October 5, 2018the Bureau of Land Management announced the release of the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument).  This planning process will determine the long-term management of the San Juan Islands National Monument, which encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of BLM-administered lands in the San Juan Islands. No RMP currently addresses these lands.

The Draft RMP/EIS presents a full spectrum of different management alternatives, and analyzes the environmental effects of the alternatives.  In response to public comments; advice from consulting tribes, cooperating agencies, and the Monument Advisory Committee; and agency priorities, the BLM will prepare a Proposed RMP/Final EIS.
When commenting on the Draft RMP/EIS, keep in mind that the elements of the alternative management approaches presented in Chapter 2 are seperable.  In other words, the proposed--and eventually the approved--RMP could include elements from more than one alternative.  As stated on page 7 of the Draft RMP/EIS: "The Proposed RMP may be a modification of the design of Alternative B, a modification of the design of a different alternative analyzed in the Draft RMP/EIS, a new alternative from within the spectrum of alternatives considered in the Draft RMP/EIS, or an alternative analyzed in the Draft RMP/EIS as written." 

The public comment period on the Draft RMP/EIS will end on January 3, 2019.  The BLM has created a video to assist the public in commenting on the Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.

The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to submit comments and participate in the upcoming open houses and workshops:

Nov 5 - 6:00-8:00 PM, Woodman Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island
Nov 6 - 6:00-8:00 PM, San Juan Island Grange, 152 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Nov 7 - 6:00-8:00 PM, Orcas Island Library, 500 Rose St. Eastsound, Orcas Island
Nov 8 - 6:00-8:00 PM, Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham
Nov 9 - 6:00-8:00 PM, Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St, Anacortes

Marcia deChadenedes, Monument Manager, will also be available at the times and locations below to answer questions throughout the comment period.  She will have copies of the Draft RMP/EIS, the Instruction Manual, Planning Primer and Guidebook, and comment forms.

San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard St., Friday Harbor
October 15 - Noon to 2:00
November 12 - 3:00 to 5:00
December 10 - 1:00 to 3:00

Orcas Island Public Library, 500 Rose St, Eastsound
October 17 - 1:00 to 3:00
November 28 - 1:00 to 3:00
December 28 - 1:00 to 3:00

Lopez Island Library, 2225 Fisherman Bay Rd., Lopez
October 18 - 10:00 to noon
November 1 - 10:00 to noon
November 27 -  10:00 to noon    
December 13 - 10:00 to noon
December 27 - 11:00 to 1:00


The public is encouraged to submit comments through the internet, email, or postal mail:

Email:   blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov

Regular Mail: 

        San Juan Islands National Monument
        Lopez Island BLM Office
        PO Box 3
        Lopez, WA 98261

Hand Delivery at:      

        Any Public Meeting
        San Juan Islands National Monument
        Lopez Island BLM Office
        37 Washburn Place,
        Lopez Island, WA 98261
        Spokane District BLM Office
        1103 N Fancher Rd,
        Spokane Valley, WA 99212


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Please email blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov if you are interested in joining the email list to receive updates on the planning process.

**Preliminary Schedule**
Tasks and Milestones Estimated Timing
Organize planning team
Gather and update data
Ask the public for ideas about what issues should be addressed in the planning effort ("scoping")
Formalize planning partnerships with other government agencies
Meet with the Monument Advisory Committee
Winter-Summer 2015
Work internally and with partners to identify a range of possible management approaches
Document the current state of resources and uses that would be affected by the plan
Analyze the potential impacts of the possible management approaches on the planning area
Meet with the Monument Advisory Committee and Cooperating Agencies
Summer 2015-Summer 2018
Publish the Draft RMP/EIS
Provide a 90 day public review and comment period.
Fall 2018
Develop the Proposed RMP/Final EIS
Use public and partner comments to build on the Draft RMP/EIS and correct any errors
Develop the BLM's proposed plan—generally a refinement of one of the management approaches described in the Draft—while considering public comments, input from agency partners and the Monument Advisory Committee, and BLM priorities.
Winter 2019
Publish the Proposed RMP/Final EIS
Provide 30 days during which members of the public who have participated in the planning process can "protest" aspects of the proposed management decisions with which they disagree.
Provide 60 days for the WA Governor's office to review the plan for consistency with state and local plans, policies, and programs. The Governor's Office may provide recommendations for making the proposed plan more consistent.
Spring 2019
Develop the Record of Decision and Approved RMP Summer 2019
Publish Record of Decision and Approved RMP Summer 2019