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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Eastern States Office of External Affairs
 
Release Date: 02/18/14
Contacts: Bob Gillcash , 703-440-1704 , rgillcash@blm.gov
  John Reffit , 703-339-3647 , jreffit@blm.gov

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment for Meadowood Barn


SPRINGFIELD, Va.—The Bureau of Land Management Eastern States (BLM ES) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the barn at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) in Lorton, Virginia. The Meadowood Barn EA outlines the environmental impacts of alternatives for the structure. 

The Environmental Assessment describes a proposed action to renovate the Meadowood barn within its existing footprint using, to the extent possible, existing framing and structural components. 
 
The existing structure, erected in 1976, is 104 feet wide and 248 feet in length. It includes 46 stalls, a 190-foot by 60-foot indoor arena, and a number of storage areas and mechanical rooms. Several elements in the building require renovation to meet structural, plumbing, electrical, and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) codes.
 
 “The Meadowood Barn EA was developed in consultation with several federal, state, and local organizations,” said John Ruhs, BLM ES Acting State Director. “We think this recommendation will improve the facility and increase public access to a variety of equine activities consistent with BLM’s multiple use mission at Meadowood.”
 
Copies of the Meadowood Barn EA are available at the BLM ES website: http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/fo/lpfo_html/meadowood_ea.html. The public release of this EA begins a 30-day comment period. Comments may be submitted on-line at: http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en/fo/lpfo_html/lpfs_comments.html. Written comments may be sent to Kurt Wadzinski, Bureau of Land Management Northeastern States Field Office, 626 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53202. All comments must be received no later than March 20, 2014.


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: 02-19-2014