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Release Date: 09/23/11
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BLM Releases Proposed Management Plan for Ironwood Forest National Monument

Tucson, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office today released the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) for the Ironwood Forest National Monument north of Tucson for a 30-day protest period ending October 24, 2011.

The 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation in 2000. It is located about 25 miles northwest of Tucson and just west of Marana. The Monument contains several archaeological districts with a significant system of cultural and historical sites covering a 5,000-year period. It also possesses one of the richest stands of ironwood trees in the Sonoran Desert and encompasses several desert mountain ranges including the Silver Bell, Waterman, and Sawtooth mountains, with desert valleys in between. The Monument’s diverse topography results in a wide diversity of bird and animal life.

Once approved, the plan will guide the BLM’s management of this special area, which is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. It reflects the many changes that have occurred in the area, including intensive development in the Marana area and increasing demand on public lands for recreation opportunities.

The Proposed Resource Management Plan was developed with extensive public involvement and strikes a balance among all the competing uses and resource needs within the Ironwood Forest National Monument.

The PRMP/FEIS is posted online at Copies are also available for review at the Tucson Field Office, located at 12661 East Broadway. To request a printed copy or a CD, call the BLM at 520-258-7200. 

For information on submitting a protest of the Proposed Resource Management Plan, please refer to the “Dear Reader” letter in the PRMP/FEIS or contact Brenda Hudgens-Williams, BLM protest coordinator, at 202-452-5112. Email protests to

For more information on the Proposed Resource Management Plan, please contact Laura Olais, Acting Monument Manager, at 520-258-7235.

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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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