San Juan Islands National Monument Management Plan ready for public comment

The 317-page San Juan Islands National Monument's Proposed Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement is now available online. It is now ready for citizens to submit protests and comments. 

A PDF of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found here. The FAQs cover rules about shooting, camping, islands that are off-limits, and much more. 

The Proposed RMP/Final EIS describes and evaluates a range of potential management approaches for approximately 1,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered land in the San Juan Islands. The BLM prepared this document in coordination with cooperating agencies and consulting tribes and with input from the public. No RMP currently addresses these lands. The purpose of this planning effort is to protect the cultural and ecological values for which the Monument was designated, to ensure that tribal rights are respected, and to address the growing demand for recreational use of the Monument.

The BLM analyzed five action alternatives (including the Proposed RMP), one sub-alternative, and a No Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, the Monument would continue to lack an RMP and the BLM’s current custodial management would continue.

Nick Teague, Skeet Townley, Rich Bailey and Marcia deChadenedes will be touring the islands to support public awareness for this stage, to understand how to effectively participate if one should choose to protest, and also to help understanding for the implementation phase of the process.

Their schedule is:

December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lopez Island Library

December 3 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library

December  4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library

December 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anacortes Library

People are always welcome to drop by the office in the village on Lopez or call the staff if  they need clarification. 

PROTEST PERIOD

This Proposed RMP/Final EIS is now open for a 30-day protest period from November 22 - December 22, 2019.  Protests must be filed with the Director of the BLM as described in the Dear Reader Letter (printed in the report).

Anyone who participated in the process for the RMP/EIS and who has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions, may protest approval of the planning decisions. A person who wishes to file a protest must do so in writing within 30 days from the date the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability of the Final EIS in the Federal Register.

Detailed instructions for filing such a protest with the Director of the BLM are available online at: www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/public-participation/filing-a-plan-protest

All protests must be in writing and filed with the BLM Director, either as a hard copy or electronically via BLM's ePlanning website by the end of the protest period on December 22.

To file a protest electronically, visit https://go.usa.gov/xRphc and click the ' Submit Protest' button to the right of the Final EIS document. Protests in hard copy must be mailed to one of the following addresses, postmarked by the end of the protest period, noted above:

For more information, contact:

San Juan Islands National Monument

BLM Lopez Island Office

PO Box 3

Lopez, WA 98261

Phone: (360) 468-3754

Email: blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov

60-DAY COMMENT PERIOD about CLOSURE OF SHOOTING (except during hunting season) 

November 22 also begins the 60-day comment period to the closure of shooting on the monument except during hunting season. This specific opportunity to comment meets a requirement of the Dingell Act.  Comments on the shooting closure should be submitted by Jan 22, 2020 to blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov -

 

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