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« on: May 17, 2013, 03:42:41 am »

Notice of Availability of the Draft Resource Management Plan and
Environmental Impact Statement for the Dominguez-Escalante National
Conservation Area in Colorado


AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a
Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
(D-E NCA) and by this notice is announcing the opening of the public
comment period. Congress designated the D-E NCA, as well as the
Dominguez Canyon Wilderness (Wilderness), through the Omnibus Public
Lands Management Act of 2009 (Omnibus Act). The Omnibus Act also
established the purpose of the D-E NCA to ``conserve and protect for
the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations--the unique
and important resources and values of the land and the water resources
of area streams.''

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive
written comments on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS within 90 days following
the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the notice of
the Draft RMP/Draft EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce
future meetings or hearings and any other public participation
activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media
releases, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the D-E NCA Draft RMP/
Draft EIS by any of the following methods:
     via the RMP Web site: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca/denca_rmp.html.
     email: dencarmp@blm.gov.
     fax: 970-244-3083.
     mail: BLM--D-E NCA RMP, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction,
Colorado 81506.
    Copies of the D-E NCA Draft RMP/Draft EIS are available in the
BLM's Grand Junction Field Office at 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO
81506; the BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office at 2465 South Townsend Ave.,
Montrose, CO 81401; or on the Web site: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca/denca_rmp.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben Blom, Planning Team Lead;
telephone: 970-244-3188; Grand Junction Field Office: see address
above; email: bblom@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during
normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM prepared the D-E NCA Draft RMP/Draft
EIS to evaluate and revise the current management decisions for public
lands and resources within the D-E NCA planning area. A National
Conservation Area, such as the D-E NCA, is an area designated by
Congress, generally, to conserve, protect, enhance, and properly manage
the resources and values for which it was designated for the benefit
and enjoyment of present and future generations. The D-E NCA was
established by the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. The D-E
NCA is currently managed under the 1987 Grand Junction Record of
Decision and Approved RMP, as amended; the 1989 Uncompahgre Basin
Record of Decision and Approved RMP, as amended; and the BLM's 2010
Interim Management Policy for the D-E NCA and Dominguez Canyon
Wilderness. Decisions made through this planning process must also stay
within the framework outlined in the enabling legislation which created
this NCA.
    The D-E NCA planning area includes approximately 218,000 acres of
State, private and BLM-managed public lands located in Delta, Mesa, and
Montrose counties in western Colorado. Within the D-E NCA planning
area, the BLM administers approximately 210,000 acres of federal
surface and subsurface estate. Management decisions made as a result of
the RMP will apply only to the BLM-administered public lands in the D-E
NCA planning area.

For the full notice and options..... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-17/html/2013-11776.htm
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