The Bering Sea-Western Interior planning area includes all lands south of the Central Yukon watershed to the southern boundary of the Kuskokwim River watershed, and all lands west of Denali National Park and Preserve to the Bering Sea, including Saint Lawrence, Saint Matthew and Nunivak islands.
The BWSI Resource Management Plan (RMP) will provide a framework for managing and allocating uses of public land and resources.
Resource management plans provide the BLM with comprehensive, long-term direction concerning the use and management of resources on BLM-managed public lands. The BSWI RMP will: (1) address any new issues that have developed since the existing plans were approved, (2) address management issues not adequately addressed by the existing plans, and (3) provide direction for site-specific activity planning and implementation of specific tasks in the future. Some issues and management concerns the new RMP will address include, but are not limited to:
The BSWI planning process will take about four years to complete. Along with the RMP, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be developed as part of the planning process. Public involvement is an integral component of the BSWI RMP. Throughout the project, stakeholders and residents will have many opportunities to participate and share their insights and comments beginning with public scoping meetings in the fall of 2013.
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