The Bureau of Land Management announces virtual public meetings for Central Yukon draft plan and analysis
Proposal would guide future management of about 13M acres in central Alaska area
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host six virtual public meetings Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 2-4 regarding the recently published Central Yukon Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).
The draft plan, released for a 90-day public comment period Dec. 11, describes how the BLM proposes to manage about 13 million acres of public lands including a utility corridor along the Dalton Highway for the next 15-20 years.
Virtual Public Meetings & Registration
The six virtual public meetings detailed below will provide an overview of the draft plan, answer questions and provide an opportunity for public comments.
Please note that you must register for the virtual public meetings in advance at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/35315/530. Once registered, you will receive instructions for participating online or by phone.
While all meetings are open to the public, your cooperation is appreciated in following the “focus audience” recommendations listed after each meeting to permit specific focus on the listed communities. Meetings Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 will include subsistence hearings as required by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act for the communities of Coldfoot, Wiseman, Bettles, Evansville, Anaktuvuk Pass, Alatna, and Allakaket.
Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS Virtual Public Meeting Schedule
- January 26, 2021, 1-5 p.m. (Focus audience: General public)
- January 27, 2021, 1-5 p.m. (Focus audience: General public)
- January 28, 2021, 1-5 p.m. (Focus audience: Coldfoot, Wiseman, Bettles, Evansville, Anaktuvuk Pass, Alatna, Allakaket); includes ANILCA Section 810 hearing.
- February 2, 2021, 1-5 p.m. (Focus audience: Coldfoot, Wiseman, Bettles, Evansville, Anaktuvuk Pass, Alatna, Allakaket); includes ANILCA Section 810 hearing.
- February 3, 2021, 1-5 p.m. (Focus audience: Nulato, Koyukuk, Ruby, Galena/Louden Village)
- February 4, 2021, 1-5 p.m. (Focus audience: Tanana, Rampart, Stevens Village, Venetie/Arctic Village)
Comment on the Central Yukon Draft RMP/EIS
The BLM encourages the public to provide comments, particularly concerning the adequacy and accuracy of the proposed alternatives, the analysis of its respective management decisions, and any new information that would help develop the final plan.
Comments must be received by March 11, 2021 and can be submitted:
By email: CentralYukon@blm.gov
By fax: 907-474-2289
By mail: BLM Central Yukon Field Office
Attn: Chel Ethun
222 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Before including personal identifying information (address, email, phone number), commenters should be aware that their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to have this information withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
Find a link to this and all current BLM Alaska projects, and learn how to make a comment in 3 Easy Steps at www.blm.gov/alaska/comment123.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.