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Planning Update

BLM Releases Proposed Plan for San Juan Islands National Monument
On November 22, 2019the Bureau of Land Management released the Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Final 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.  Thank you to everyone who has participated in this planning process!

Publication of the Notice of Availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in the Federal Register initiates a 30-day protest period and a 60-day review by the Governor of Washington for consistency with state and local plans, policies, and programs.  The protest period closed on December 23, 2019. 


In accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, the BLM is also offering a 60-day public comment period ending at the end of the day on January 21, 2020, regarding the proposed closure of the Monument to the discharge of firearms outside of hunting seasons established by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  This restriction will not apply to the use of firearms by Coast Salish tribal members for the purposes of hunting.  Please see the "How to Get Involved" page linked to the menu on the left for more information about commenting on this closure

During the week of December 2, 2019, a BLM planning team held meetings to support public awareness for this stage of the process and to build understanding of how the BLM will implement the plan once the decision is signed.  Please see the "Meetings" page linked to the menu on the left for more information about these meetings.
 

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**Preliminary Schedule**
Tasks and Milestones Estimated Timing
KICK OFF THE PLANNING EFFORT:
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
DEVELOP THE DRAFT RMP/ EIS
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.
October 5, 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-Summer 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.
Provide 60 days for the public to comment on the proposed closure of the proposed closure of the Monument to the discharge of firearms outside of hunting seasons established by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  This restriction will not apply to the use of firearms by Coast Salish tribal members for the purposes of hunting.
November 22, 2019
Publish Record of Decision and Approved RMP Winter 2020