Bears Ears committee meets in Monticello Feb. 25-26

Public comment will be allowed Feb. 25-26 when the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee meets as a group for the second time. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office will host the second Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hideout Community Center, 648 S. Hideout Way in Monticello.

Agenda items for the meeting include reviewing the Bears Ears National Monument Management Approved Plans and Record of Decision, identifying and discussing next steps for implementation-level planning, seeking MAC input and recommendations on implementation-level plans, and other issues as appropriate.

The public is welcome to attend and observe the meeting and will be given an opportunity to address the MAC each day. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment, the amount of time for individual oral comments may be limited. Written statements addressing issues in front of the MAC may be sent prior to each meeting.

Send comments to the BLM Monticello Field Office, Attn: Jake Palma, P.O. Box 7, Monticello, Utah 84535, or via email with the subject line “BENM-MAC” to [email protected]. The scheduled times for the public to address the MAC are from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Feb. 25 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 26.

The MAC was established to provide advice and information for the BLM and U.S. Forest Service to consider in managing the Bears Ears National Monument. The 15-member committee represents a range of interests including local and state government, paleontological and archaeological expertise, conservation community, livestock grazing permittees, tribal, developed and dispersed recreation, private landowners, local business owners, and the public at large.