BLM is prepared to release plan for Dominguez NCA

More than four months after initially being opened for public comment, the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Draft Resource Management Plan will be released Monday by the Bureau of Land Management, ending a 130-day comment period.

The draft management plan initially was released May 17 with a planned 90-day comment period. However, in response to public input, the deadline was extended until Monday.

“We’ve had tremendous participation so far by the public and the Dominguez-Escalante advisory council,” said Collin Ewing, Dominguez-Escalante NCA manager. “We need the public’s input to help us decide how to manage the NCA.” 

All comments submitted during the input period will provide a framework to guide management decisions on approximately 210,000 acres of BLM-administered land in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties.

The Draft RMP analyzes five alternatives covering all aspects of BLM resource management within the National Conservation Area boundaries, including recreation, travel management, resource protection, wildlife habitat, special designations and livestock grazing.

The BLM will incorporate the comments to develop a Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is scheduled for release in July 2014.

The 210,012-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which includes the 66,280-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, was created by the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands Management Act and is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands.

Such designation protects numerous unique and important resources and values, including geological, archaeological, historical, wildlife, recreational, scientific, and natural and scenic wilderness values.

For additional information, including how to provide comments or obtain a copy of the Draft RMP, visit http://on.doi.gov/18Mh8QP.


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