U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Tucson Field Office
|Release Date: 05/31/13|
BLM Schedules More Public Engagement Strategy Meetings for San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan
Tucson, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) encourages the public to get involved in the development of the Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The BLM Tucson Field Office will host the next two of three Public Engagement Strategy meetings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in June.
These meetings will provide an opportunity for participants to share their ideas on how they would like to be involved in the planning process.
“Those who attended the May 15 Public Engagement Strategy meeting in Sierra Vista indicated that they wanted more meetings to learn about the process for getting involved in the RMP,” said Tucson Field Manager Brian Bellew. “We’ve changed our schedule to provide time for everyone to learn more about the basic planning process and the resources of the San Pedro so that they can truly contribute to plan development.”
Additional meetings are also set for Saturdays in July and August. Four Education and Scoping Forums will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon:
A fifth Education and Scoping Forum, along with scoping on socio-economic issues will be scheduled for later in August. After the Education and Scoping Forums are completed, there will be one more Scoping Meeting held at each location. All will be from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Written scoping comments will be accepted at all of the meetings listed above.
The initiation of the RMP began with the April 30, 2013, publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register. The scoping period will conclude on September 30, 2013, with work beginning on the development of alternatives after that.
Development of the RMP/EIS is expected to take at least one year. When completed and a Record of Decision (ROD) is signed, this RMP will set management guidelines for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area for the next 15+ years.
The planning area encompasses approximately 56,431 acres of public land located within Cochise County, Arizona. The geographic extent of the planning area boundary is a topic that will be considered during scoping.
The BLM will accept comments throughout the planning effort. Comments can be submitted on issues and planning criteria related to the RMP/EIS by any of the following methods:
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area was designated on November 18, 1988, by Congress to “conserve, protect and enhance the riparian area and the aquatic, wildlife, archaeological, paleontological, scientific, cultural, educational, and recreational resources of the conservation area.” It is now part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. These National Conservation Lands are located in southeastern Arizona, stretching south of Benson to the U.S.-Mexico border and containing 40 miles of the upper San Pedro River.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
|Last updated: 05-31-2013|
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