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Old April 17th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #1
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Default Moab BLM Release Drafts of New Management Plan

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BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT:
MOAB BLM SCHEDULED TO RELEASE DRAFTS OF NEW MANAGEMENT PLAN THIS SUMMER
ANALYSIS OF PRELIMINARY ALTERNATIVES POSTED ON SHARETRAILS.ORG

Greetings BRC members, supporters and Action Alert Subscribers,
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Moab and Monticello Field Offices are
preparing new Resource Management Plans and new Travel Management Plans. There
isn't an activity occurring in these two field offices that won't be affected
by these new plans.
BLM began this process back in 2003. During 2003 and 2004 the Moab BLM held
meetings and received public comment on various planning issues.
Since that time the BLM has been working to formulate a range of management
alternatives, each with a different theme or emphasis. BLM is set to release a
Draft Resource Management Plan, Draft Comprehensive Travel Management Plan and
the related Draft Environmental Impact Statement(s) (Draft EIS) in the summer
of 2007.
The Moab BLM has given the public a 'sneak peak' at their proposed management
alternatives. The information is available on the web at:
_www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/moab/_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41) BRC
has reviewed the information and posted a brief analysis on our
website. Just go to _www.sharetrails.org_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41) and
click the "Moab Update" button on the
right.
Moab BLM is proposing drastic changes from traditional public land
management!
BLM is proposing huge changes from what is currently allowed. Much of the
proposed management is decidedly "Park-like." While some of the changes are
needed, and BRC will be supporting the BLM on many of these, others are
arbitrary
and unnecessary.
Beginning sometime this summer, the BLM will move to a critically important
stage in the process: the release of the Draft Plans and Draft EIS. There will
be a limited public review and comment period in which all of the various
stakeholder groups as well as the general public can submit comments and
suggestions to the BLM.
Anti recreation groups such as the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA)
have staff to review the environmental analysis to find flaws that will nudge
the final decision their way. Indeed, many stakeholders are paying for
professional review of these documents in order to protect their interests. The
OHV
community must do this as well.
As always, funds for such an effort are limited. In order to raise funds for
this important effort, BRC is initiating the "Moab Partnership" program.
Partners make a pledge of $10.00 per month or make a one-time Partnership
donation of $120.00 to enroll for one year. Your donation is placed in a
restricted account to be used for efforts related to the BLM's Moab and
Monticello
Field Office planning processes.
BRC's Moab Partners will receive the Moab Update, a special quarterly
newsletter dedicated to the latest news on BLM's planning process. The Moab
Update
will keep you informed about how your donation is being used and is the best way
to keep informed about potential changes in the Moab area. In addition, BRC's
Moab Partners receive a limited edition "Moab Partner" T-Shirt and sticker
combo. Check the details on BRC's Moab Partnership page:
_http://www.sharetrails.org/public_lands/index.cfm?section=Moab2_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41)
Why is this so important?
Let me explain it this way; future recreational uses in the Moab area will
depend on how the Final Resource Management Plan and Travel Plan are written.
That's because these agency plans are open to interpretation and revision via
appeal and litigation.
The best example I can give on this is the way BLM's preliminary alternatives
are currently written. In the Bookcliffs Special Recreation Management Area
(see _Appendix F_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41) )
the Moab BLM has the management proscription as "primitive"
in the administrative setting (no motorized and no mountain bikes allowed). But
the travel plan shows roads and trails in the area and BLM admits some
mountain bike trails may exist there. Which will hold sway when SUWA or some
other
radical group marches in to federal court to close a road? The answer depends
on the way the document is written!
We are going to need a full team of legal professionals, NEPA experts and
even biologists if we are going to stop the unfair and arbitrary closures. That
will require a commitment from the very people who enjoy this wonderful area.
This is why joining our Moab Partnership is so important.
I want to thank you in advance for your help. Together, we can keep this
spectacular recreation destination open.
Brian Hawthorne
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

More info on the web:
BRC'S MOAB UPDATE PAGE
_http://www.sharetrails.org/public_lands/index.cfm?section=MoabUpdate_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41)
BRC'S PARTNERSHIP PAGE
_http://www.sharetrails.org/public_lands/index.cfm?section=Moab2_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41)
MOAB BLM PAGE
_http://www.blm.gov/rmp/ut/moab/_
(http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist...MID=524&LID=41)
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