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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 10/01/12
Contacts: Jim Mahoney 520-439-6400    
  Diane Drobka 928-348-4403    

BLM Extends Wilderness Plan Comment Period

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office is pleased to announce that, as a result of input received during its 30-day comment period, there will be a 15-day extension to allow additional comments.  The extended public comment period ends Tuesday, October 16.

The 2,065-acre Baboquivari Peak Wilderness and 5,080-acre Coyote Mountains Wilderness are located on public lands southwest of Tucson in Pima County.  The four primary objectives of this wilderness management plan are:

  • Preserve wilderness values by maintaining or enhancing natural conditions throughout the wilderness areas, including ecosystem structure and function, visual appearances and opportunities for solitude, and primitive and unconfined recreation.
  • Protect and preserve natural features associated with cultural and spiritual values.
  • Provide for dispersed recreation use and wilderness preservation by maintaining appropriate trailhead signage, trail maintenance, and regular BLM, or other authorized, wilderness patrol.
  • Maintain or improve ecological condition of plant communities, while allowing for a range of natural variability.

The Wilderness Management Plan/EA is posted on the BLM website and is also available on CD by calling the BLM at 520-258-7200 or 520-439-6400. Questions can be directed to Mr. Jim Mahoney at 520-439-6400.

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.

Last updated: 10-01-2012