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BLM hosts public meeting for Draft Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument Plans - October 15, 2018 (Escalante High School) and October 16, 2018 (Kanab Elementary School) from 4-7 PM.
KANAB, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management will host two public meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and the federal lands excluded from the GSENM that are now identified as the Kanab-Escalante Planning Area. The draft management plans for the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and the Escalante Canyons Units and associated environmental impact statement (EIS) were released for public review on Aug.17, 2018 and modified on August 31. More information about the planning effort may be found on the BLM ePlanning project page at https://goo.gl/EHvhbc.
“We welcome public discussion about the draft plans and the sharing of input with BLM staff,” said Harry Barber, acting monument manager. “This review period provides an important opportunity to influence the decision-making process. The alternatives in the draft EIS analyze alternatives for protecting natural and cultural resources within the monument, while also providing opportunities for multiple uses of public lands.”
The BLM invites members of the public to attend meetings at the following dates and locations:
  • Oct. 15, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., Escalante High School, 70 N 1 W, Escalante, UT.
    Oct. 16, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m.,  Kanab Elementary School, 41 W 100 N, Kanab, UT.
These open-house meetings provide opportunities for the public to speak with resource specialists, ask questions, and submit written comments in person.  Written comments may be submitted at the meetings or anytime through Nov. 30, 2018 via mail or via the ePlanning project page.
To help the BLM properly consider and incorporate feedback, please include a reference to a specific page or section of the draft EIS/draft resource management plan in your comment. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
●       Mail: 669 S Hwy 89A Kanab, UT 84741, Attn: Matt Betenson.
●       ePlanning: https://goo.gl/EHvhbc.
On Jan. 16, 2018, the BLM initiated planning for these lands and hosted a nearly 3-month-long scoping period and two public meetings. Since then, the BLM has 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.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24/7.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.


BLM seeks input during public comment period August 17, 2018 through November 30, 2018:
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. 

The public comment period for the Draft Resource Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statement for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Kanab-Escalante Planning Area (lands excluded from the National Monument) opened on Friday, August 17, 2018. To correct an error, the BLM modified the draft plans and EIS published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2018, for the lands within the former boundary of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.  The Draft RMPs/EIS do not identify any public lands as available for potential disposal under FLPMA.  The original public comment period will be extended by 15 days in order to give the public time to review the draft plans/EIS. Comments must be submitted on or before November 30, 2018 or 15 days after the last public meeting is held, whichever is later. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

To submit a comment through this website, please click on "Documents & Reports" at left, scroll down to the very bottom of the page, then click on the "Comment on Document" button next to Volume I GSENM-KEPA RMPs-EIS. A new window will open that will guide you through the commenting process. 
Comments may also be mailed to: 669 S Hwy 89A Kanab, UT 84741, Attn: Matt Betenson


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.
 
 
 
BLM invites the public to review draft Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and
Kanab-Escalante Planning Area plans

Comments help shape future management of these public lands
 
KANAB, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is initiating a 90-day comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and for Federal lands previously included in the GSENM that are now identified as the Kanab-Escalante Planning Area.  The comment period begins on Aug. 17, 2018 with publication of a notice of availability in the Federal Register. Comments will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2018. 

“It’s been nearly 20 years since the public has had the unique opportunity to help shape the future of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument—the BLM’s first ever national monument,” said BLM Utah State Director Ed Roberson. “Developing new management plans is an exciting challenge and a serious responsibility that is shared by everyone who cares about these lands.”

On January 16, 2018, the BLM initiated planning for these lands and hosted a nearly three-month long scoping period and two public meetings. Since then, the BLM has worked with cooperating agencies to develop draft management plans and a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) reflecting input from many stakeholders and the public. The plans include a range of alternatives addressing management issues brought forward during scoping. 

“We want to hear from you,” said Harry Barber, acting Monument manager. “This review period provides an important opportunity for you to influence the decision-making process. The alternatives in the draft EIS address the challenges of protecting natural and cultural resources, including objects of pre-historic, paleontological, historic, and scientific interest within the monument, while also addressing multiple uses of public lands.”

The Draft RMPs/Draft EIS evaluate four alternatives varying from no action to maximizing management flexibility, while still providing for resource protection, including protection of Monument objects within the GSENM, as required by applicable laws, policies, and plans. 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 of the Draft EIS/Draft RMP in your comment. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.