Kanab Proposed Resource Management Plan & Final Environmental Impact Statement
The Kanab Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (Proposed RMP/Final EIS) describes and analyzes the Proposed RMP for the planning and management of public lands and resources administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Kanab Field Office. The Kanab planning area is located in south-central Utah and includes approximately 2,847,200 acres of land in Kane and Garfield Counties. Within the Kanab planning area, the BLM manages and administers approximately 554,000 acres of public land surface. The Proposed RMP is open for a 30-day protest period beginning the date the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability of the Final EIS in the Federal Register.
Alternatives A through D were presented in the Draft RMP/EIS released in October 2007.
Alternative A (No Action) is a continuation of the current management direction contained in the five LUPs and off-highway vehicle (OHV) management actions.
Alternative B (Preferred Alternative) provides opportunities to use and develop resources within the decision area while also ensuring resource protection. Alternative B would provide for continued access and development of resources with stipulations and mitigation to protect natural and cultural resources.
Alternative C emphasizes the protection of the decision area’s resource values while allowing commodity uses as consistent with current law, regulation, and policy. Management actions would emphasize resource values such as habitat for wildlife and plant species (including special status species); protection of riparian areas and water quality; preservation of ecologically significant areas; maintenance of wilderness characteristics; and protection of scientifically significant cultural and paleontological sites. Access to and development of resources within the decision area could occur with intensive management and mitigation of surface disturbing and disruptive activities.
Alternative D emphasizes opportunities to use and develop resources within the decision area. It would provide for motorized access and commodity production with minimal restrictions, while providing protection of natural and cultural resources to the extent required by law, regulation, and policy. This alternative would largely rely on existing laws, regulations, and policies, rather than on management or special designations, to protect sensitive resources.
The BLM has the discretion to select the Proposed RMP by combining components of the various alternatives presented in the Draft RMP/EIS. The Proposed RMP is based on Alternative B of the Draft RMP/EIS, and has been modified by public comments, BLM review, and providing the best means to accommodate the widest range of public and agency concerns over resources and resource uses.
Protest Period: Protests must be postmarked or received no later than August 18, 30 days after publication of the EPA Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.