Draft Resource Management Plans Released for Review

Draft Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and a Draft Amendment to the St. George Field Office Resource Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released for a 90 day public comment period.

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.

Review Documents

The Draft NCA RMPs and Draft RMP Amendment/DEIS documents can be reviewed using several methods including the following:

  1. View or download the Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents from the links located on the right of this page under "Review Documents."
  2. 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.
  3. Review a hard copy in the Public Lands Information Center and in the BLM-Utah State Office Public Room at the locations shown above.
  4. Review a hard 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.
  5. Obtain a copy of the PDF documents on a CD at a public open house in September.
Extended Office Hours

Staff at the St. George Field Office will be available to answer questions and assist you in submitting your comments at the following times:

Tuesdays: Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10

St. George Field Office
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturdays: Oct. 24 and 
Nov. 7
St. George Field Office
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Comment Period

The comment period began on July 17, 2015 with the publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register and ends on November 16, 2015.

Submitting Comments

Use this fillable form to submit your comment (although use of this form is not required).

Comments can be submitted in using the following methods:

  1. E-mail:
  2. Mail: Bureau of Land Management, Attention: St. George RMP Planning Team, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790.
  3. Fax: (435) 688-3252, Attention: St. George RMP Planning Team.
  4. Open House: Attend an open house in September and submit your comments in person.
Making Your Comments Effective

Effective comments refer to specific details of the draft NCA RMPs or draft amendment. They address substantive issues, such as the accuracy of BLM’s information sources; or provide new information; or suggest reasonable alternative courses of action.

All comments will be considered during BLM’s decision-making process, but only substantive comments will be addressed in the Proposed NCA RMPs and Proposed RMP Amendment/Final EIS. We need comments that not only state a preference for certain management actions, but also include the reason for that preference. Tell us what you think of specific aspects of the alternatives—and why.

Important Notice: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information, be advised your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publically available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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

Review Documents

Introduction & TOC (3MB)
Chapter 1-Purpose & Need (10MB)
Chapter 2-Alternatives (35MB)
Chapter 3-Affected Environment (74MB)
Chapter 4-Environmental Consequences (4MB)
Chapter 5-Consultation & Coordination (2MB)
References (1MB)
Glossary (1MB)
Appendices (48MB)


Additional Information

Background Documents
Federal Register Notices
GIS Data
News Releases & Bulletins
Scoping Meeting Materials
Outreach Newsletter
Comment Form
Open House Materials (67 MB)

Fact Sheets

Beaver Dam Wash NCA
Red Cliffs NCA

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers

Steps in the Planning Process

Notice of Intent
May 2010
Scoping Period
Oct. 2010
Develop Draft RMPs/EIS
Oct. 2010-July 2015
Release Draft RMPs/EIS
July 2015
*Public Comment Period
July 17, 2015-Nov. 16, 2015
Prepare Proposed RMPs/Final EIS
Fall 2015
Release Proposed RMPs/Final EIS
Winter 2016
30-day Protest Period
Governor’s Consistency Review
(Minimum of 60 days)
Prepare and Sign
3 Records of Decision
Plan Implementation,
Monitoring, Evaluation

*Highlighted field indicates current step in the planning process.