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NCA Resource Management Plans & Plan Amendment

Background Documents

In 2011, the BLM entered into a Cooperative Agreement with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to collaborate on key management issues for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas. In conjunction with the BLM and other stakeholders, TNC applied the process of Landscape Conservation Forecasting™ to fulfill a primary objective of the Agreement: Guide the development of specific, cost‐effective fire and vegetation management actions to maintain, enhance or restore vegetation conditions in the NCAs, and/or enhance the suitability of their desert tortoise habitat. (5.5 MB)

Summary of Washington County’s Economic Strategies Workshop (300kb)

An Economic Strategies Workshop was conducted to comply with BLM’s Land Use Planning Handbook during the St. George Field Office’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) process. The purpose of the workshop was to identify BLM management opportunities that further the social and economic goals of area communities. To further this goal, participants and BLM explored the existing role of BLM in the community and where community desired conditions could be supported during the RMP.

This Socioeconomic Baseline Report has been prepared to assist in the current land use planning efforts for the Resource Management Plans for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas. As part of this planning process, socioeconomic information will be used to help develop management alternatives and in the analysis of the potential impacts of the management alternatives.
 
This baseline report addresses social, cultural, and economic conditions and trends within the “socioeconomic study area”. These conditions and trends affect current and future uses of BLM public land resources. Conversely, decisions made by BLM in the current planning process may have social, cultural, and economic impacts. These impacts may be positive or negative, depending on conditions and on the point of view of stakeholders in BLM public land resources. This report provides socioeconomic background information that will assist in the impact analysis later in the planning process. This information can also help inform public discussion during the planning process.

Class I Cultural Resource Overview

This document presents a Class I cultural resource overview for pnblic lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s St. George Field Office (SGFO) in Washington County, Utah. This overview will assist the SGFO to develop Resource Management Plans for the Congressionally-designated Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (NCA) and the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and to prepare a focused plan amendment for the St. George Field Office Resource Management Plan (1999). Collectively, the land bases of the two NCAs and the remaining public lands administered by the SGFO are defined as the Planning Area for this Class I overview.   The document describes the environmental setting and cultural history of the Planning Area, and summarizes prior archeological resource investigations that have been completed, An indepth review of previously documented cultural resources located within and near the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs NCAs is provided, as are recommendations for long-term protection and management of important sites in the NCAs.