While Election season is consuming much of our attention, important decisions are being made at home. We have a chance to be involved in an important Land Use process in the next two months.
The Bureau of Land Management has released the Draft Resource Management Plan/EIS for the San Juan Islands National Monument. The public is invited to submit comments on the plan. Below you will find a recent newsletter, with links to a website with information about SJINM, as well as a link to the plan, and to comment forms.
Public Meetings Schedule:
Marcia deChadenedes, Monument Manager, will be available at the times and locations below to answer questions throughout the comment period. She will have copies of the Draft RMP/EIS, the Instruction Manual, Planning Primer and Guidebook, and comment forms.
Orcas Island Public Library, 500 Rose St, Eastsound
November 28 - 1:00 to 3:00
December 28 - 1:00 to 3:00
Janet Alderton has provided some comments, especially encouraging the prohibition of chemical controls of vegetation, and banning of the use of firearms on SJINM land. This is posted on Action Network: https://actionnetwork.org/user_files/user_files/000/027/307/original/Janet's_SJIslands_Monument_Comments.docx
BLM Releases Draft Plan for San Juan Islands National Monument!
Today the Bureau of Land Management announced the release of the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument).
This Draft RMP/EIS is available to review at https://go.usa.gov/xRphc and addresses a range of alternatives for the purposes of providing overarching goals and objectives for the management of the Monument to include the protection and restoration of historic and cultural resources, providing for recreation opportunities, and coordinating the management of these lands with local tribes and governmental organizations.
“It’s important to realize this plan will only apply to the 1,021 acres of public lands that make up the Monument,” said BLM Spokane District Manager Linda Clark. “While a relatively small area, the Monument includes landscapes of great beauty as well as sensitive cultural and ecological resources that should be protected for future generations to enjoy.”
The Draft RMP/EIS presents a full spectrum of different management alternatives, and analyzes the environmental effects of the alternatives. Based on this analysis and comments the agency receives on the Draft RMP/EIS, the BLM will prepare a Proposed RMP/Final EIS with the assistance of cooperating agencies.
Following publication of this Draft RMP/EIS, members of the public will have 90 days to provide written comments. The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to submit comments and participate in the upcoming open houses and workshops (schedules are below).
“The BLM prepared this document in coordination with cooperating agencies and consulting tribes and with input from the Monument Advisory Committee and the public,” said Monument Manager Marcia deChadenèdes. “This next step with the public is critical to ensure we heard everyone and that we haven’t missed anyone. I hope we’ll get plenty of constructive feedback and I hope to see everyone at the public meetings.”
The public is encouraged to submit comments through the internet, email, or postal mail:
Postal: San Juan Islands National Monument
BLM Lopez Island Office
PO Box 3
Lopez, WA 98261