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BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
 
Release Date: 12/02/13
Contacts: Larry Crutchfield, (435)644-1209    

BLM Hosts Public Meetings on Grazing Planning Effort in Southern Utah


Kanab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) will hold three open house scoping meetings to gather public input on a Livestock Grazing Monument Management Plan Amendment and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will replace existing grazing management decisions and amend the current Monument land use plan.
 
An announcement was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 4, 2013, which initiated a public scoping period that ends on Jan. 13, 2014. During this public scoping period, the BLM is seeking input from the public to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. 
 
The planning area includes all public lands within the Monument and public lands for which GSENM has livestock grazing management responsibility. This includes BLM portions of the BLM-Utah Kanab Field Office and the BLM-Arizona Arizona Strip Field Office, as well as lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS) in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Small areas of state, municipal, and private lands that border on or are contained within the planning area are not included in the planning area. 
 
To provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, the BLM will host public scoping meetings that will begin with an informational presentation, followed by an open house when the public can ask BLM and National Park Service (NPS) specialists questions about the project. Meeting dates, times, and locations are listed below:
 
Dec. 10, 6-9:00 p.m.
BLM administrative complex
669 S. Highway 89A
Kanab, Utah
 
Dec. 11, 6-9:00 p.m.
Interagency Visitor Center
755 West Main Street
Escalante, Utah
 
Dec. 12, 6-9:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library
210 South 400 North
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria in writing to the BLM at any public scoping meeting or by any of the following methods:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
669 S. HWY 89-A
Kanab, Utah 84741
 
Email
BLM_UT_GS_EIS@blm.gov
 
Fax
(435)644-1250
 
Please reference “GSENM Livestock Grazing Plan Amendment” when submitting comments.
 
To be most helpful, please submit comments before the close of the scoping period. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. BLM will not consider anonymous comments. The minutes and list of attendees for each scoping meeting will be available to the public and open for 30 days after the meeting to any participant who wished to clarify the views he or she expressed. 
For further information, please contact Matt Betenson, Planning and Support Services Division Chief at (435)644-1205. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
 
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument   669 South Hwy 89A      Kanab, UT 84741  

Last updated: 12-02-2013