The release of this document represents a significant step in public lands management. The Monticello Field Office and its cooperators have been working on the effort for the past four years.
The draft RMP/EIS analyzes five alternatives aimed at sustaining the land’s health, diversity and productivity using a broad spectrum of management options. BLM identified a preferred alternative that emphasizes protecting important environmental values and sensitive resources while allowing for commodities development, and offers a full range of recreation opportunities.
This planning effort will result in a comprehensive resource management plan for 1.8 million acres of public lands administered by the Monticello Field Office. The draft RMP identifies how various programs like special designations, travel management, recreation, minerals, wildlife, and livestock grazing would be managed in the future.
As provided by Federal planning regulations, the public is welcome to comment during the standard 90-day comment period which ends Feb.8, 2008. The Monticello Field Office has planned five public meetings in Monticello, Blanding, Moab, Montezuma Creek and Salt Lake City, Utah, to provide information to the public. The meetings will be held at the following locations from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, January 8 at the Monticello High School Cafeteria, 148 South 200 West.
Wednesday, January 9 at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West, Room 1, in Moab.
Thursday, January 10 at the CEU Arts and Conference Center in Blanding, Utah
Wednesday, January 16 at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek.
Thursday, January 17 at the Salt Lake City Library, 210 East 400 South.
The draft RMP/EIS is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello/planning.html . This website also contains background information about the plan, as well as an electronic public comment form. Comments may also be mailed to the BLM Monticello Field Office, P. O. Box 7, Monticello, UT 84535, or emailed to UT_Monticello_RMP_Comments@blm.gov.
Copies of the draft RMP/EIS are also available at the Monticello, Blanding, Moab and Salt Lake City public libraries, the Utah State BLM Office and the Monticello and Moab BLM Field offices.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the draft RMP/EIS, call the Monticello Field Office at (435) 587-1500 or at the above address.