BLM Open Houses on Lopez, San Juan and Orcas this week for National Monument Planning Process

The Bureau of Land Management released their Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument) nearly a month ago. Members of the public have until January 3, 2018 to provide written comments.

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.

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.

The public is encouraged to submit comments through the internet, email, or postal mail:

Website: https://go.usa.gov/xRphc

Email: blm_or_sanjuanislandsnm@blm.gov

Postal: San Juan Islands National Monument BLM Lopez Island Office PO Box 3 Lopez, WA 98261

The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to review the plan and participate in the upcoming open houses and workshops to learn about the planning process and how to submit comments:

Monday, November 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Woodman Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island

Tuesday, November 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. San Juan Island Grange, 152 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Wednesday, November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Orcas Island Library, 500 Rose St, Eastsound, Orcas Island

Thursday, November 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham

Friday, November 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St, Anacortes

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