BLM hosts Bears Ears meetings
Comments to shape future management of monument
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The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host three public meetings as part of ongoing land-use planning for the Bears Ears National Monument. The draft management plans for the Shash Jáa unit and the Indian Creek units as well as the associated environmental impact statement were released for public review on Aug. 17.

The BLM invites members of the public to attend meetings at the following dates and locations: Oct. 2 from 5-8 p.m., San Juan High School, Blanding; Oct. 3 from 5-8 p.m., Bluff Community Center; and Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m., White Horse High School, Montezuma Creek, Utah.

“These open-house meetings provide opportunities for the public to speak with resource specialists, ask questions, and submit written comments in person. Written comments may be submitted at the meetings or anytime through Nov. 15, 2018 via mail or email. Please see the ePlanning project page for ways to comment,” said a statement from the BLM.

On Jan. 16, 2018, the BLM initiated planning to prepare monument management plans for the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Creek Unit, and for the Shash Jáa Unit, which is co-managed with the Manti La-Sal National Forest. Since then, the BLM and the USFS have worked with cooperating agencies to develop draft management plans and a draft EIS reflecting input from stakeholders and the public. The plans include a range of alternatives addressing management issues brought forward during scoping.

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