The Las Cruces District Office has completed the Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (Monument).
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared the Proposed RMP/Final EIS taking into account public comments received during this planning effort. The Proposed RMP provides a framework for the future management direction and appropriate use of the Monument, located in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. The document contains both land use planning decisions and implementation decisions to guide the BLM’s management of the Monument.
This Proposed RMP and Final EIS have been developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended. The Proposed RMP is largely based on Alternative C, the preferred alternative in the Draft RMP/EIS, which was released on July 20, 2012. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS contains the Proposed Plan, a summary of changes made between the Draft RMP/EIS and Proposed RMP/Final EIS, impacts of the Proposed Plan, documentation of the all the comments received during the public review period for the Draft RMP/EIS, and responses to the substantive comments.
Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process for this Proposed RMP and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions may protest approval of the planning decisions within 30 days from date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. For further information on filing a protest, please read the protest regulations. The regulations specify the required elements of your protest. Take care to document all relevant facts. As much as possible, reference or cite the planning documents or available planning records (e.g., meeting minutes or summaries, correspondence, etc.).
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and will afford it full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct email protests to: email@example.com.
All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, be advised that your entire protest – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
|Regular Mail: |
Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383
|Overnight Delivery: |
Attn: Protest Coordinator
20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20003
The BLM Director will make every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest. Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director’s Protest Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions.
Upon resolution of all land use plan protests, the BLM will issue an Approved RMP and Record of Decision (ROD). The Approved RMP and ROD will be mailed or made available electronically to all who participated in the planning process, and will be available on the BLM website at www.blm.gov/nm/lascruces.
Unlike land use planning decisions, implementation decisions included in this Proposed RMP/Final EIS are not subject to protest under the BLM planning regulations, but are subject to an administrative review process, through appeals to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals, pursuant to 43 CFR, Part 4 Subpart E. Implementation decisions generally constitute the BLM’s final approval allowing on-the-ground actions to proceed. Where implementation decisions are made as part of the land use planning process, they are still subject to the appeals process or other administrative review as prescribed by specific resource program regulations once the BLM resolves the protests to land use planning decisions and issues an Approved RMP and ROD. The Approved RMP and ROD will therefore identify the implementation decisions made in the plan that may be appealed to the Office of Hearing and Appeals.