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Preliminary Alternatives

Preliminary Draft Management Alternatives

List of Files 

Over the last couple years, BLM has been preparing Resource Management Plans and an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Phoenix South and Sonoran Desert National Monument. We have held a series of public workshops to discuss ideas for the issues that should be addressed in the RMPs, the goals and objectives of the RMPs, and the range of alternatives we should consider in the RMPs. This document describes a preliminary set of alternatives for the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM) and Phoenix South. It builds on and includes several items that we have previously asked the public to comment on including:

  • Purpose and Significance Statement describing the SDNM
  • Vision and overarching goals for the SDNM and Phoenix South
  • Goals and objectives for the resources on SDNM and Phoenix South
  • Preliminary desired future conditions for Natural Resources
  • Parameters for developing the range of alternatives

Alternatives are different ways that BLM can manage land uses and resources on public lands. Because BLM is guided by the Federal Land Policy & Management Act, we accommodate multiple uses of public lands we manage. Uses include such activities as grazing, mining, utility rights-of-way, and recreation. There are many options for managing these uses. In order to sustain the natural and cultural resources that form the basis of these uses, management alternatives also need to address the effects of public use on the environment. The most challenging part of the alternatives development effort is to define alternatives that meet the diverse, and sometimes competing, objectives of the many people interested in the public lands. As you review the alternatives you will likely find that some alternatives better meet your interests and concerns than others. The goal of the range of alternatives is to offer options for management of the public lands.

BLM is seeking public input on this preliminary range of alternatives. As you review the preliminary range of alternatives, you may wish to consider these questions:

  • Are your issues and concerns addressed in at least one of the alternatives?
  • Can your uses of the public land be accommodated in at least one alternative?
  • Are the resources important to you adequately protected in at least one alternative?
  • Are there specific topics we haven't addressed?

Based on public input and input from other agencies, tribes, and organizations, BLM will update these alternatives. The next step will be for BLM to begin analyzing the impacts and effects of the different alternatives and to use this analysis to develop an agency preferred alternative. The agency preferred alternative will not exactly match any of the four alternatives presented here. Instead, it will developed by choosing a mix of decisions from these four alternatives. Once this process of choosing the preferred alternative and comparing and analyzing the effects and impacts of each alternative is complete, a Draft RMP & Draft EIS will be available for public review and comment.

Report Files

(All files are pdf format)

Maps used at the Public Workshops

These maps contain the same information as the maps above, except they also include route designation alternatives for Saddle Mountain, Buckeye Hills East, and Sentinel Plains. These maps are in the format used for display at the public workshops held Feb 22-Mar 4.

Please plan to attend the public workshops, see Meeting Information for meeting times, dates, and locations. If you are unable to attend but wish to send us comments, please do so by March 11, 2005.

Comments may be sent by mail to:

BLM Phoenix Field Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Attention SDNM-Phoenix South Plan

Email comments may be sent to:

If you choose to send us comments please remember: Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the end of your comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All comments from organizations or businesses will be made available for inspection in their entirety.

This information is also available for review Monday-Friday, except Holidays at:

Phoenix Field Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
from 7:30am - 4:15pm

Tucson Field Office
12661 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85748
from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Yuma Field Office
2555 East Gila Ridge
Yuma, AZ 85365
7:45 am - 4:30 pm

and at these local libraries.

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