BLM announces public meetings for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument draft resource management plan, draft environmental impact statement
KANAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management today announced its plan to host five public meetings, which will provide forums for the public to learn more about the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
On Aug. 11, 2023, the BLM published a Notice of Availability, initiating a 90-day public comment period for the Draft RMP/EIS, proposed recreational target shooting closures, and proposed Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. Comments will be accepted through Nov. 9, 2023.
The BLM will host five public meetings. Dates, times, and locations of the meetings are:
- Virtual meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MT
Register at https://bit.ly/3OMpm3Y.
- In-person open house on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. MT at the
Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 755 W Main St, Escalante, UT 84726
- In-person open house on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. MT at the
Kanab Center, 20 N 100 E, Kanab, UT 84741
- In-person open house on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. MT at the
Panguitch Elementary School, 110 S 100 W, Panguitch, UT 84759
- Virtual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. MT
Register at https://bit.ly/3DQAOFA.
The plan, associated documents, and instructions for submitting comments electronically (preferred) are available at the BLM National NEPA Register and at the BLM Paria River District Office. Comments may also be mailed to ATTN: GSENM RMP Project Manager, BLM Paria River District Office, 669 S Highway 89A, Kanab, UT 84741. For additional information, please contact Scott Whitesides at 801-539-4054.
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.