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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Kanab-Escalante Planning Area Proposed Resource Management Plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement available NEW!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pleased to announce the availability of the Proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) - Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons units, and lands previously included in GSENM that are excluded from the boundaries (referred to as the Kanab-Escalante Planning Area, KEPA). After more than six months of public outreach, the proposed plans provide for uses within the planning area, including recreational uses, while protecting significant resources and other objects. 

Publication of the Proposed RMPs and Final EIS in the Federal Register initiates a 30-day protest period, which will be open from August 23 to September 23, 2019To submit a protest electronically, click the “Documents & Reports” at the left side of this webpage.  Locate and click the “Submit Protest” button to the right of “Volume 1: Chapter 1-4 of GSENM-KEPA Proposed RMPs/Final EIS” document.

To enhance public safety, the Proposed RMPs include provisions to prohibit target shooting at specific locations on BLM-administered land within the Monument and KEPA, including near campgrounds, developed recreation facilities, and residences. In accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, the BLM is announcing the opening of a 60-day public comment period on this proposed target shooting closure. Comments specific to the proposed target shooting closure within 0.25 mile of campgrounds, developed recreation facilities, and residences may be submitted by mail or email by October 22, 2019

Email: BLM_UT_CCD_monuments@blm.gov, please include "target shooting" in the subject line
Mail: BLM, Kanab Field Office, 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, Utah 84741, Attn: Harry Barber

For additional details on these involvement opportunities, go to "How to get Involved" at the left side of this webpage.

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 Harry Barber, Monument Manager, at (435) 644-1200.
 
 
 
 
On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 9682 modifying the boundaries of the GSENM to exclude from designation and reservation approximately 861,974 acres of land. Lands that remain part of the GSENM are included in three units, known as the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyons Units and are reserved for the care and management of the objects of historic and scientific interest described in Presidential Proclamation 6920, as modified by Presidential Proclamation 9682. Lands that are excluded from the Monument boundaries are now referred to as the Kanab-Escalante Planning Area (KEPA) and are managed in accordance with the BLM’s multiple use mandate. The planning area is located in Kane and Garfield Counties, Utah, and encompasses approximately 1.86 million acres of public land.

The BLM is preparing these RMPs 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 RMPs/EIS was published January 16, 2018, which initiated the public scoping process. The Notice of Availability for the Draft RMPs/EIS was published on August 17, 2018, followed by a Notice of Error that extended the public comment period on the Draft RMPs/EIS. The BLM accepted public comments on the range of alternatives, effects analysis and Draft RMPs for 105 days, ending on November 30, 2018.