Draft Resource Management Plans Released for Review
The Utah Bureau of Land Management – St. George Field Office is releasing the Proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Red Cliffs and the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas (NCA) and a proposed amendment to the St. George Field Office RMP, along with the associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
The Proposed RMPs/FEIS are not decision documents. After the 30-day protest period, a Governor’s 60-day consistency review of the FEIS, and resolution of any protests, the BLM will prepare three Records of Decision that will be signed by the BLM-Utah State Director approving the NCA RMPs and St. George RMP Amendment. Only when the Records of Decision are signed will any decisions take effect.
The 63,478 acre Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (NCA) and the 44,859 acre Red Cliffs NCA are located within the administrative boundaries of the St. George Field Office in Washington County, Utah. Congress established the two NCAs when, on March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11, OPLMA); Title I, Subtitle O concerns federal lands in Washington County, Utah. The two NCAs were created to "conserve, protect, and enhance…the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources" of the public lands (OPLMA Sections 1974 and 1975).
Through OPLMA, the St. George Field Office was directed to develop comprehensive management plans for the two NCAs and also take actions on other public lands in Washington County that require the St. George Field Office Record of Decision (ROD) and RMP (approved in 1999, amended in 2001) be amended. The three planning efforts were initiated concurrently in 2010, thereby facilitating the preparation of a single EIS to disclose the environmental consequences of implementing the two new land use plans and an amendment to the current St. George Field Office RMP.
The Proposed NCA RMPs and Proposed RMP Amendment/FEIS documents can be reviewed using several methods including the following:
- View or download the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents from the links located on the right of this page under "Review Documents."
- Obtain a copy of the PDF documents on compact disk (CD) from the following locations, during business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm), Monday through Friday, except holidays: Public Lands Information Center, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790, or BLM-Utah State Office Public Room, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.
- Review a copy in the Public Lands Information Center and in the BLM-Utah State Office Public Room at the locations shown above.
- Review a copy at the Washington County Public Library, 88 West 100 South, St. George, Utah 84770, and the Main Library, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
- Obtain a copy of the PDF documents on a CD at a public open house in September.
Plan Protest Resolution
The publication in the Federal Register of the Notice of Availability by the Environmental Protection Agency of the proposed plans will initiate a 30-day protest period. Any person who participated in the planning process and who has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions may file a protest within 30 days of that publication.
For more information about the BLM's Plan Protest Resolution or to learn more about filing a pr click here.
Want More Information?
- Review the documents provided on the right side of this page under "Additional Information" and "Fact Sheets."
- Find out more about the National Conservation Areas by visiting our website.
- To speak with the BLM-Utah Planning Coordinator, contact Keith Rigtrup at (435) 865-3063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.