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Bears Ears Proposed Monument Management Plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement available NEW!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are pleased to announce the availability of the Proposed Monument Management Plans (MMPs) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shash Jáa and Indian Creek Units of the Bears Ears National Monument. After more than six months of public outreach, the proposed plans provide for uses within the national monument planning area, including recreational uses, while protecting significant cultural resources and other objects. 

Publication of the proposed MMPs and final EIS in the Federal Register initiated a 60-day review by the Governor of Utah for consistency with state and local plans, policies, and programs, and a 30-day protest period. The public protest period was open from July 26 to August 26, 2019 and has now closed. 

To enhance public safety and protect important cultural and natural resources, the Proposed MMPs include provisions to prohibit target shooting in campgrounds, developed recreation sites, petroglyphs, and structural cultural resource sites such as cliff dwellings, on BLM-administered lands within the Monument. In accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, the BLM offered a 60-day public comment period on the proposed target shooting closure. The comment period was open from July 26 to September 24, 2019 and has now closed. 

All project-related documents, and other supporting information can be accessed by selecting the words "Documents & Reports" at the left side of this webpage.  For further information, please contact Jacob Palma, Monument Manager, at (435) 587-1500.

The Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) was established by Presidential Procalamtion 9558 on December 28, 2016.  On December 4, 2017, Presidential Proclamation 9681 clarified and modified the designation of the BENM. The revised BENM boundaries include two separate units, known as the Shash Jáa and Indian Creek Units, that are reserved for the care and management of the objects of historic and scientific interest within their boundaries. The Shash Jáa Unit contains 97,393 acres of BLM-administered lands and 32,587 acres of USFS-adminstered lands. The Indian Creek Unit contains 71,896 acres of BLM-adminstered land.

The BLM and USFS are preparing these Monument Management Plans (MMPs) pursuant to 43 CFR 1600 and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Envrionemtnal Policy Act of 1969.  The Notice of Intent to prepare the MMPs/EIS was published January 16, 2018, which initiated the public scoping process. The Draft MMPs/EIS was published August 17, 2018 and was available for a 90-day public comment period that ended November 15, 2018.