U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Haines Planning Area Draft RMP Amendment|
The BLM Anchorage Field Office released the Ring of Fire Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Haines Planning Area in December 2012.
In March 2014, the BLM announced a delay in the Haines Planning Area Amendment. New scientific information related to mountain goats in the Haines area, as well as an increased awareness of Alaska Native cultural values relating to these goat populations, has prompted BLM to identify a new proposed alternative for a mountain goat habitat Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) for portions of the planning area.
A final decision on the amendment was expected in early 2014. However, developing a new alternative for public review and comment is expected to delay the amendment for at least a year.
The Haines planning area is located in Southeast Alaska. Approximately 320,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands are located in two main blocks or parcels. The north block is located northwest of Skagway along the United States/Canada border. The south block is located southwest of the City of Haines along the boundary of Glacier Bay National Park. The planning area encompasses the cities of Haines and Skagway.