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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona Strip District
 
Release Date: 08/26/09
Contacts: Scott Sticha , Public Affairs Specialist , 435-688-3303

Public Invited to Attend Meeting on Proposed Mining Withdrawal


St. George, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting a public meeting on September 30 to provide information and receive input on the recent Department of Interior proposed withdrawal (temporary segregation) on almost 1 million acres of federal lands near the Grand Canyon. The segregation will prevent the location of new mining claims for 2 years while the Department evaluates whether to withdraw these lands for up to an additional 20 years.  During this two-year segregation period, various studies will be conducted and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared. 

The BLM will be the lead agency, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service to prepare an EIS used to support a final decision on the withdrawal. The EIS will disclose the potential impacts the proposed action would have on the human environment and natural and cultural resources, as well as determine what measures would be necessary to mitigate or reduce those impacts. In addition to analyzing the potential impacts, the EIS will also identify and analyze alternatives to the proposed action.

The meeting will be held on September 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Fredonia Elementary School Cafeteria, 221 E. Hortt, Fredonia, Arizona. A second meeting will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona on October 15 (the time and location will be announced at least 15 days before the meeting). The meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about the EIS process and for the public to submit comments and discuss ideas with agency staff.

Comments may also be mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip District, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790, by sending an email to azasminerals@blm.govAdditional Information can be found at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html or by calling (435) 688-3200.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Arizona Strip District   345 East Riverside Drive      St. George, UT 84790  

Last updated: 01-08-2014