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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

San Juan Island National Monument RMP

Planning Update


We are in the early stages—but deep in!—of developing a land use plan for the San Juan Islands National Monument. We're in the midst of a series of meetings with both the Monument Advisory Committee and the BLM planning team to refine the list of Planning Issues (i.e., the questions about BLM management that will be answered through the planning effort) and to begin developing the range of management approaches, or "alternatives," that we will explore in the draft RMP/EIS. At this stage, we're trying to keep everyone focused on the exploratory part of the planning process: what are the full range of approaches we could take to meet the mandate of the National Monument proclamation? Later in the process we will consider these possibilities and identify which approach we think we should take to meet this mandate.


As a reminder, the land use plan will provide the overarching goals and direction for resources and actions over which the BLM has jurisdiction. In other words, it will provide us with a rule set to apply when we're developing future projects and implementation plans. We not only want the public informed and engaged in the development of the plan, but also in its implementation for years to come. It is during the implementation stage that we'll be applying the plan's overarching objectives and direction to specific on-the-ground actions, such as habitat restoration, and to identifying the Monument's specific interpretive messages and research priorities.

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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

KICK OFF THE PLANNING EFFORT:

  • 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

DEVELOP THE DRAFT RMP/ EIS

  • 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-Summer 2016

Publish the Draft RMP/EIS

  • Provide a 90 day public review and comment period


Fall 2016

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.

Winter-Summer 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.

 Fall 2017

DEVELOP THE RECORD OF DECISION/APPROVED RMP

Winter 2018

Publish Approved ROD/RMP

Spring 2018