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Oregon / Washington

San Juan Island National Monument RMP

Planning Update

The Analysis of the Management Situation (AMS), a step in the development of the Resource Management Plan (plan) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument) was released May 24, 2016. The AMS provides a snapshot of what the BLM knows about Monument lands and resources and some of the management ideas it will explore through the plan. Because it is only intended as a snapshot, the AMS does not provide the level of detail, background information, references, or definitions that will be included in the draft plan.

While the AMS is a stand-alone document that will not be revised, the BLM will update and add to the information included in the AMS as it develops the introduction, affected environment chapter, and no action and action alternatives for the draft plan. The management opportunities described in the AMS are preliminary and will be discussed in much greater detail in the draft plan, which will include an array of possible approaches to managing the national monument.

While the BLM accepts comments at any time, there is no formal comment period for the AMS. Any comments received will be considered as it continues to develop the draft plan. You can submit comments through the following means:
Email: blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov
Mail: San Juan Islands National Monument RMP, P.O. Box 3, Lopez, WA 98261
Hand delivery: BLM Lopez Island Office, 37 Washburn Place, Lopez Island, WA 98261

Join the Email List! Please email blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov if you are interested in joining the email list to receive updates on the planning process.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the San Juan Islands National Monument. Established by Presidential Proclamation in 2013, the San Juan Islands National Monument encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of public land spread across a uniquely beautiful archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles.

The San Juan Islands National Monument RMP will guide the BLM's management of these spectacular lands in a manner that ensures the protection of their remarkable cultural, historic, and ecological values for the benefit of generations of Americans to come.

The San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) was chartered to provide information and advice on the development of the RMP. Click here to learn more about the MAC.

***Preliminary Schedule***

Tasks and Milestones ESTIMATE


  • Organize planning team
  • Gather and update data
  • Ask the public for ideas about what issues should be addressed in the planning effort ("scoping")
  • Formalize planning partnerships with other government agencies
  • Meet with the Monument Advisory Committee

Winter/Spring 2015


  • Work internally and with partners to identify a range of possible management approaches
  • Document the current state of resources and uses that would be affected by the plan
  • Analyze the potential impacts of the possible management approaches on the planning area
  • Meet with the Monument Advisory Committee and Cooperating Agencies

Summer 2015-Fall 2016

Publish the Draft RMP/EIS

  • Provide a 90 day public review and comment period

Winter 2017

Develop the Proposed RMP/Final EIS

  • Use public and partner comments to build on the Draft RMP/EIS and correct any errors
  • Develop the BLM's proposed plan—generally a refinement of one of the management approaches described in the Draft—while considering public comments, input from agency partners and the Monument Advisory Committee, and BLM priorities.

Spring-Fall 2017

Publish the Proposed RMP/Final EIS

  • Provide 30 days during which members of the public who have participated in the planning process can "protest" aspects of the proposed management decisions with which they disagree.
  • Provide 60 days for the WA Governor's office to review the plan for consistency with state and local plans, policies, and programs. The Governor's Office may provide recommendations for making the proposed plan more consistent.

Winter 2018


Spring 2018

Publish Approved ROD/RMP

Summer 2018