Amendment of the Cassia and Monument Resource Management Plans
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 of public land.
The BLM is interested in your comments on relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and your input on 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.
After viewing the scoping documents and associated maps, please submit any comments or additional information you may have no later than November 11, 2011. Please remember to use the comment sheet.
Email comments to: email@example.com
Mail comments to: BLM Burley Field Office
15 East 200 South
Burley, ID 83318
To be most helpful, comments should be received by the Burley Field Office by November 11, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
· 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.