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BLM seeks input during public comment period August 17, 2018 through November 15, 2018:
The public comment period for the Draft Monument Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statement for the Shash Jáa and Indian Creek Units of the Bears Ears National Monument will open on Friday, August 17, 2018. Comments must be submitted on or before November 15, 2018 or 15 days after the last public meeting is held, whichever is later. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

Email: blm_ut_monticello_monuments@blm.gov
Mail: BLM, Canyon Country District Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84534, Attention Lance Porter

The BLM will announce future meetings or other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices and media releases.  Meeting information will also be posted here when available.

The draft documents and other supporting information can be accessed by selecting the words "Documents & Reports" at the top left of this webpage.

BLM invites the public to review draft Bears Ears National Monument plans
Comments will help shape future management of the national monument
The Bureau of Land Management is initiating a 90-day comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Monument Management Plans (MMPs) for the Indian Creek and Shash Jáa Units of the Bears Ears National Monument.  The comment period begins Aug. 17, 2018 with publication of a notice of availability in the Federal Register.  Comments will be accepted through Nov. 15, 2018.

“We recognize that local communities and the public at large care deeply about the future of Bears Ears National Monument. We invite the public to review and comment on the proposed plans, and to consider how they would like to see this remarkable landscape managed now and for future generations,” said Utah State Director Ed Roberson.

On January 16, 2018, the BLM initiated planning to prepare MMPs for the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Creek Unit, and for the Shash Jáa Unit, which is co-managed with the Manti La-Sal National Forest. As part of that action, the BLM also announced that it would prepare an associated EIS and invited the public to help identify issues and concerns to be addressed. Since then, the BLM and the USFS have worked with cooperating agencies to develop draft management plans and a draft EIS reflecting input from many stakeholders and the public. The plans include a range of alternatives addressing management issues brought forward during scoping. 

The BLM identified a variety of options to meet the challenges of providing quality recreation experiences for visitors, facilitating uses like grazing or gathering firewood, and protecting the natural and cultural resources that we are entrusted to manage. The analysis includes four alternatives ranging from minimal change in management to an approach providing maximum management flexibility while protecting Monument objects and resource values. The BLM encourages comments on all alternatives and potential management actions, as the final management plans may include portions of any alternative. BLM is coordinating its public outreach responsibilities found at 36 CFR Part 800 for the National Historic Preservation Act through this NEPA process. If you have input regarding BLM's responsibilities for managing historic properties, please provide this input at this time.

To help the BLM properly consider and incorporate feedback, please include a reference to a specific page or section for your comment. Comments may be submitted the following ways:

  Email: blm_ut_monticello_monuments@blm.gov
  Mail: BLM, Canyon Country District Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532, Attention: Lance Porter

Please include your name and street address. Your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. You can request your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.