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Eastern States Office of External Affairs
Release Date: 05/04/12
Contacts: Larry Denny , 703-440-1535  
  Kevin Flynn , 703-440-1704  

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment for Meadowood Barn

The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States Office has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the barn at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton, Virginia. The Meadowood Barn EA describes the environmental impacts of various alternatives for the structure as well as a proposed action.

The existing Barn structure, erected in 1976, is 104 feet wide and 248 feet in length.  It includes 46 stalls, a 190-foot by 60-foot indoor arena, and a number of storage areas and mechanical rooms.  Several elements in the building do not meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or structural, plumbing, and electrical codes.

The Environmental Assessment describes a proposed action to renovate the Meadowood Barn structure within its existing footprint and use, to the extent possible, existing framing and structural components. Alternative actions include immediate closure and demolition of the structure, or no action whatsoever.

“The Meadowood Barn EA  was developed in consultation with a large number of federal, state, and local organizations,” said John Lyon, Director of BLM Eastern States. “We think it is a significant step forward in bringing the facility into compliance with federal and state standards.”

Copies of the Meadowood Barn EA are available on the BLM Eastern States website,  The website also has a form for submitting public comments on the document.  Comments will be accepted through July 24, 2012.

Link to Meadowood Environmental Assessment (PDF)
Link to Meadowood Comment page

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-12-2013