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BLM seeks input during public comment period August 17, 2018 through November 15, 2018 and announces public meetings October 2-4:
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 opened on Friday, August 17, 2018. Comments must be submitted on or before November 15, 2018. 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 84532, Attention Lance Porter

The BLM and USFS are hosting three open house style public meetings at the following dates and locations:
1. Tuesday Oct. 2, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., San Juan High School, 311 N 100 E, Blanding, UT
2. Wednesday Oct. 3, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., Bluff Community Center, 190 N 3rd St E, Bluff, UT
3. Thursday Oct. 4, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., White Horse High School, State Highway 162, Montezuma Creek, UT 

These open-house meetings provide opportunities to speak with resource specialists, ask questions, and submit written comments in person.   Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.

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

BLM seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee.
Nominations will be accepted until October 1, 2018.

As a land management agency with a multiple-use mission, the BLM seeks out and values diverse input from citizens who care about the stewardship of America’s public lands. The MAC provides
advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a wide range of public land management issues. MAC members should plan to meet quarterly. Although members serve without monetary
compensation, travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current government rates. Committee members will be appointed to three-year terms. Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

• an elected official representing San Juan County;
• a representative of state government;
• a representative with paleontological expertise;
• a representative with archaeological or historic expertise;
• a representative of the conservation community;
• a representative of livestock grazing permittees within the monument;
• two representatives of tribal interests;
• two representatives of developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or
commercial recreation activities, including, for example, commercial/charter or
recreation fishing;
• a representative of dispersed recreational activities, including, for example, hunting
and shooting sports;
• a representative of private landowners;
• a representative of local business owners; and,
• two representatives of the public at large, including, for example, sportsmen and sportswomen communities.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the MAC. Nominees will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the Bears Ears geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference must accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application (available at: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/GetInvolved_RACApplication.pdf), and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
The BLM will consider nominations until October 1, 2018. Nominations should be emailed or postmarked by October 1 to: Lisa Bryant, Bureau of Land Management, Canyon Country District, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532. For more information, please contact Lisa Bryant at lmbryant@blm.gov or (435) 259-2187.
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.