BLM announces December virtual meeting of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee

KANAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management will host a virtual public meeting of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee on Dec. 13, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with public comments accepted at 1:45 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Meeting participants must register in advance to attend at  Upon registering, participants will receive a confirmation email including the meeting link and dial-in numbers.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee is a citizen-based council consisting of up to 15 members representing interests in the local community and monument values.

“The diverse outlook of the committee creates a unique dialogue and gives insight to ultimately help the planning process and the future management of the Monument,” said Paria River District Manager Harry Barber. “Direct input by committee members helped us prepare the agenda for this highly anticipated meeting.” 

“Part of the agenda includes the committee’s continued interest in engaging with Tribes on a regular basis, beginning with cultural training and discussion,” said Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee Chair William Weppner, Ph.D. “We hope this meeting catalyzes a better understanding of how Tribal, conservation, education, recreation and other committee members view Monument resources, and how they continually contribute to the planning process and future Monument management.” 

Agenda items for this meeting include discussion of the revised alternatives for the new resource management plan, discussion of committee member perspectives of Monument expectations, and cultural training led by the Committee’s Tribal Interests Representative Hank Stevens. 

The agenda and virtual meeting access information (including how to log in and participate) will be announced on the Committee webpage at 15 days in advance of the meeting. Depending on the number of people wishing to participate during the public comment period, the amount of time for individual comments may be limited.

Written statements or questions related to this virtual public meeting may be directed to David Hercher by phone at 435-899-0415 or email with the subject line “Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee” to Members of the public may also contact Hercher with reasonable requests for accommodation at least seven business days prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to process the request.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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