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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Tucson Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/31/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403, ddrobka@blm.gov,    
  Tucson Field Office, 520-258-7200    

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. 

  • June 18       Benson Fire Station, 375 E 7th Street, Benson
  • June 20        Tucson Association of Realtors, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd.

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:

  • July 20         Focus: Water and Riparian, Cochise College in Sierra Vista
  • July 27         Focus: Watershed and Range, University of Arizona (UA) South in Sierra Vista
  • August 10    Focus: Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species, UA South
  • August 17    Focus: Cultural Resources and Recreation, UA South

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. 

  • August 13    Benson Fire Station, 375 E 7th Street
  • August 15    Tucson (Location TBD)
  • August 21    Sierra Vista, UA South

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:

Email:     blm_az_tfo_sprnca_rmp@blm.gov 
Fax:        520-258-7238 
Mail:       Amy Markstein, BLM Tucson Field Office, 3201 E. Universal Way,
              Tucson, AZ 85756

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 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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Last updated: 05-31-2013