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Release Date: 11/10/10
Contacts: Diane Drobka , 928-348-4403 ,
News Release No. SFO-10-11

Public Invited to Meetings for Aravaipa Plan

Safford, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Safford Field Office and their planning partners – Arizona Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy – are soliciting input on the Draft Aravaipa Ecosystem Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA).  Four open houses will be held in December to solicit comments and questions on the Draft Plan and EA. Those interested in this special area of southeastern Arizona are encouraged to attend. 

Open houses are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations: 

Tucson                        December 7
Arizona Game and Fish Department
555 North Greasewood Road
Winkelman                 December 8
Central Arizona College, Aravaipa Campus
80440 East Aravaipa Road
Safford                       December 14
BLM Safford Field Office
711 South 14th Avenue
Klondyke                    December 15
Klondyke School
Klondyke Road
The comment period has been extended to January 15, 2011. Comments may be submitted by email to Please type “Aravaipa Plan Comments” in the subject line of the e-mail.
Written comments may also be sent to the following address:
Draft Aravaipa Ecosystem Management Plan
BLM Safford Field Office
711 South 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546
A link to the Plan, EA, and maps is posted on the BLM website at The Draft Plan and EA are also available on a CD with four printed maps. Call Logan Simpson Design Inc. at 480-967-1343 or e-mail to request a copy of the CD, maps, or both.
The Draft Aravaipa Ecosystem Management Plan, a collaborative effort between the BLM, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and The Nature Conservancy, outlines goals and objectives for managing diverse resources on approximately 78,000 acres of public and private lands surrounding the BLM’s Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Topics in the Draft Plan include access and travel management, water and riparian resources, recreation, wildlife habitat, wilderness, threatened and endangered species, prescribed fire, cultural resources, watershed enhancement, information and education, and public safety.

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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