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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 12/05/13
Contacts: Amy Markstein, 520-258-7231,    
  Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    

BLM to Host Two San Pedro Plan Meetings

Tucson, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host two public meetings in December to continue public engagement in the development of a new Resource Management Plan to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (RNCA):

Sierra Vista     Saturday, December 14          9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   UA South in Sierra Vista 
Benson            Tuesday, December 17           5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.     Benson Fire Station

These December meetings follow public engagement meetings that began on May 15 and were followed by five educational forums in July and August and three scoping meetings in August. “The goal is to get as much public input as possible prior to writing a draft plan,” said BLM Tucson Field Manager Vi Hillman. “We will continue this outreach throughout plan development by incorporating input from working groups that are being formed, during future public meetings, and through official comment periods.”

Those interested in the future management of the San Pedro RNCA have several options for involvement. In addition to participating in meetings and work groups, comments can also be submitted via mail, fax, email and the BLM ePlanning website listed below.

“We would like to complete the draft plan and accompanying environmental impact statement (EIS) by late 2014,” said Hillman “and its release will be followed by a 90-day comment period.” When the final plan/EIS is completed and a Record of Decision is signed, the RMP will guide management of the San Pedro RNCA for the next 15-20 years. 

The planning effort encompasses public lands within Cochise County in southeastern Arizona. Congress designated the San Pedro as America’s first Riparian National Conservation Area in 1988. These National Conservation Lands are now part of a system of nearly 900 areas in 14 states.

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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.

Last updated: 12-05-2013