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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Twin Falls District
 
Release Date: 09/12/11
Contacts: Heather Tiel-Nelson (208) 736-2352    

BLM Accepting Comments for Proposal to Amend the Cassia and Monument Resource Management Plans


BURLEY, ID - The BLM Burley Field Office is seeking input from the public for the next 30 days as staff proposes to amend the Monument and Cassia Resource Management Plans (RMP). The plan amendment proposal is designed to implement a closure to rock climbing activities at Cedar Fields to protect cultural resources. Additionally, the proposal would extend the climbing closure of BLM administered lands at Castle Rocks Inter-agency Recreation Area until an Environmental Assessment can examine allowable resource uses in the area. 
 

The planning areas are located in Cassia and Power Counties, and encompass approximately 1,556 acres of public land. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process. Preliminary issues include the potential to damage cultural resources within the American Falls Archeological District at Cedar Fields, the potential adverse effects on Historic Properties at Castle Rocks, and the impact closures would have on recreational climbing in the area.

To facilitate public input, the Burley Field Office has scheduled two open house style public meetings. The first public meeting will be held at the Pocatello City Hall, 911 N. 7th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201 on September 26, 2011 from 5- 7 pm. The second public meeting will be held at the Burley Best Western Inn and Convention Center, 800 N. Overland, Burley, ID 83318 on September 28, 2011 from 5- 7 pm.  

To be most helpful, comments should be received by the Burley Field Office by October 28, 2011. You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to Castle Rocks and Cedar Fields Land Use Plan Amendment by any of the following methods:

 
·              Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/info/nepa.html
·              email: id_burley_fo_@blm.gov
·              fax: 208-677-6699
·              mail: 15 East 200 South, Burley, Idaho 83318
 
BLM-managed lands in the Castle Rocks Inter-Agency Recreation Area are currently closed to climbing, staging, camping, and construction of new trails; it will remain in effect until November 16, 2012. 
 
The RMP Amendments with an associated National Environmental Policy Act document would consider the permanent designation of no climbing, no staging, no camping, and no construction of new trails at Castle Rocks Inter-Agency Recreation Area and at Cedar Fields.
 
For more information, please contact: Burley Outdoor Recreation Planner, Dennis Thompson at 208-677-6664.


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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