<![CDATA[ RSS News Feed - BLM Arizona ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/rss/newsreleases/az.html Recent News Releases en-us Thu, 5 May 2016 11:48:13 -0600 News ASOWEB_AZ@blm.gov (Arizona Info) <![CDATA[ BLM to hold public meetings for the Skull Valley Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Defense System Project ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/blm_to_hold_public.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/blm_to_hold_public.html Thu, 5 May 2016 11:48:13 -0600

  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM and partners to hold the first Agua Fria Day ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/blm_and_partners_to.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/blm_and_partners_to.html Wed, 4 May 2016 14:08:08 -0600 PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), The Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument (FAFNM), and Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) will be teaming up to hold the first Agua Fria Day, May 7.  The event is to celebrate the Agua Fria National Monument (AFNM) and how different organizations support it. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Arizona Resource Advisory Council to Meet in Phoenix ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/blm_arizona_resource.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/blm_arizona_resource.html Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:36:20 -0600 BLM Arizona Resource Advisory Council to Meet in Phoenix

 
PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Arizona Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet in Phoenix on April 28, 2016.  Established in 1995, the statewide citizen-based council provides advice to the BLM on land management programs and issues affecting public lands in Arizona.  In addition, the RAC has been authorized to review and provide advice on all recreation fee proposals for the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) recreation sites in Arizona, as required by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004.  At the meeting, the Recreation RAC will review and make recommendations to the BLM State Director on the Paria Canyon-Coyote Buttes Special Management Area Proposed Business Plan. 
 
The business meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the BLM Arizona State Office located at One North Central Avenue, Suite 800 in downtown Phoenix.  The public is invited to attend and provide comments to the during the RAC meeting on BLM programs from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. and during the Recreation RAC session on the Proposed Business Plan at 2:30 p.m. Depending on the number of persons wishing to speak and time available, the time for individual comments may be limited.  Comments may also be sent to the Bureau of Land Management at One N. Central Ave., Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ  85004, attention Arizona RAC Coordinator.
 
Planned agenda items include:  Welcome and Introduction of Council members; BLM State Director’s update on BLM Programs and Issues; Threatened and Endangered Species Program Overview; Northstar 2025 Project Overview; Recreation RAC Session; RAC Committee Reports; RAC questions and comments on BLM District Manager Reports; and other items of interest to the RAC.
 
Following is a list of the RAC members, the category they represent, their residence and term.
 
Name
Representing
Residence
Term
J.C. Sanders
OHV/Developed Recreation
Bouse
01/2019
Emmett Sturgill
Grazing
Kingman
11/2016
Maggie Sacher
Commercial Recreation
Cave Creek
01/2019
Krishna Parameswaran, Ph.D.
Energy and Minerals
Scottsdale
09/2017
Bill Brake
Grazing
Scottsdale
11/2016
David Tenney
Dispersed Recreation
Show Low
09/2017
Mike Quigley
Environmental
Tucson
11/2016
Mica Schotborgh
Environmental
Tucson
11/2016
Thomas Hulen
Archaeology/Historical
Tempe
01/2019
Dawn Duncan Hubbs
Archaeology/Historical
Hackberry
09/2017
Gary Watson
Local Area/Elected Official
Kingman
09/2017
Stuart E. Marsh, Ph.D.
Academia
Tucson
01/2019
Drew John
Public-At-Large
Safford
11/2016
Mandy Metzger
Local Area/Elected Official
Flagstaff
09/2017
Stephen Trussell
Public-At-Large
Tempe
01/2019
Jim deVos (non-voting)
Governor’s Representative
Phoenix
N/A
*RAC Chair
 
 
 
 
The next RAC meeting has not been scheduled.  For more information about the Arizona RAC, visit the website at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/res/rac.html
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<![CDATA[ BLM and Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends to Host Free Photo Workshops Featuring Nationally Published Photographer ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/blm_and_southwest.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/blm_and_southwest.html Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:50:19 -0600 St. George, Utah  On Friday, April 29, 2016, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) St. George Field Office and BLM Arizona Strip District, in partnership with Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends (SUNCLF) will host free a photography workshop featuring professional landscape photographer Bob Wick at the Interagency Center at 345 East Riverside Drive. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Proposed Ten West Link Transmission Line ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_seeks_comment.html Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:39:52 -0600

Public invited to review and comment during scoping period for Ten West Link Project in Arizona and California ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Nominations to Resource Advisory Councils ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_seeks_nominations.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_seeks_nominations.html Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:30:30 -0600 Phoenix, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it is seeking public nominations for open positions on 34 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), which advise the BLM on public land issues.  As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days.

 
The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.  The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 39 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.  Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, Tribal officials, and academics.  The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses and sustained yield.

“The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze.  “With representatives with different land use perspectives, the RACs give community members an opportunity to dig into local issues and explore possible solutions.”
 
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council.  Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be judged on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area.  Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision making.  All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
 
Each of the 34 RACs has different positions open in the following categories:
 
  • Category One – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.
  • Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
  • Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.
 
For more information about the Arizona RAC or to apply, contact Dorothea Boothe, Arizona RAC Coordinator at (602) 417-9219 or dboothe@blm.gov .
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<![CDATA[ Prescribed Fire Planned for Galiuro Mountains--Project will improve grassland habitat at Muleshoe Ranch. ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/prescribed_fire_planned.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/prescribed_fire_planned.html Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:59:11 -0600 SAFFORD, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Safford Field Office and Gila District Fire Management Office will conduct a multiple day prescribed burn in the southern Galiuro Mountains between April 15 and June 30, pending appropriate weather conditions. The Rockhouse Burn will cover approximately 10,962 acres of BLM, state, and private land in the Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area, located 40 miles northeast of Tucson. The BLM will announce specific dates in advance of the operation. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM?s Yuma Field Office Releases Environmental Assessment for La Posa Travel Management Plan ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_s_yuma_field_office.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_s_yuma_field_office.html Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:16:12 -0700 YUMA, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Yuma Field Office has released the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the La Posa Travel Management Plan (TMP), establishing a 1,100-mile comprehensive system of roads and trails that will provide extensive motorized access to public lands in La Paz and Yuma Counties, while ensuring long-term protection of natural and cultural resources. ]]> <![CDATA[ Free Interagency Brown Bag Lecture Schedule for March 2016 ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/free_interagency_brown.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/free_interagency_brown.html Thu, 3 Mar 2016 13:55:15 -0700 St. George, Utah—Every Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and its partners host the popular Brown Bag Lecture series which provides unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and other specialists who delve more deeply into subjects tied to the Arizona Strip and surrounding public lands. For those who want to learn more before venturing out or are curious about these remote and rugged landscapes, the lectures are an excellent way to bring the resources and related issues to the community’s doorstep.
 
The lectures, which begin at noon and last one hour, are held at the Interagency Information Center, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah.  Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series.  Attendees are advised to reserve their free seating early; tickets are available one week prior to each program. To obtain tickets visit the Interagency Information Center or call 435-688-3200 for more information.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.  
 
MARCH 4 - PIPE SPRINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT
American Indians, Mormon ranchers, plants, animals, and many others have depended on the life-giving water found at Pipe Spring, AZ. Learn about pioneer and Kaibab Paiute life, the museum, historic fort and cabins, garden, orchard, and Ridge Trail.The Visitor Center and Cultural Museum is cooperatively operated by the National Park Service and the Kaibab Paiute Tribe. The center provides exhibits about the people and cultures that have lived in this region for centuries.
 
MARCH 11 - DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST
Southern Utah is rich in historical lore. The archaeological record - pictographs, petroglyphs, dwellings, and artifacts attest to the presence of prehistoric and historic people. It is the objective of the heritage program at the Dixie National Forest to help interpret and preserve these irreplaceable clues to our shared heritage. Learn more about exploring the fascinating history of the area and how you can help preserve them for present and future generations.
 
MARCH 18 - CAVES ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON- PARASHANT NATIONAL MONUMENT
Caves consist of natural space below the surface which extends beyond the “twilight zone”, and that is accessible to humans. Some would debate that spaces beneath the surface of the earth, without openings to the surface, should be considered caves as well. Join Dr. Diana Northrup, Professor Emerita in the University  Libraries, visiting Associate Professor of Biology, and leader of SLIME (subsurface life in mineral environments) to learn more about the fascinating world of caves.
 
MARCH 25 - LEE HUGHES -When will the wildflowers bloom in the desert?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about desert wildflowers. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult to answer. Each year, the unique combination of sun, wind, water, temperature and elevation sets the stage for the precise location of the best springtime blooms.  Lee Hughes is a former BLM Ecologist and Botanist who just can't leave the plants alone. Come hear what he has to say about the spring flowers.
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<![CDATA[ BLM Takes Key Steps to Expedite Solar Energy Development on Public Lands ]]> http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_takes_key_steps.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_takes_key_steps.html Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:13:59 -0700 Regional mitigation strategies to implement Western Solar Plan ]]>