With BLM public meetings happening this coming week and another public meeting on December 10th, it is time to start discussing substantive issues in the Proposed RMP.
The Proposed RMP is a huge document and a lasting document as it will be the 'law' for the Monument for the next 10-20 years. We are reviewing this and have prepared a short summary of issues and a list of sites for your information (attached). A more detailed description of the information is available at www.SanJuanIslandsNM.org. We will continue to update information on that website throughout the protest period. Protests must be submitted by December 22, 2019.
Potential areas of concern for many in our community: Public access allowed to sensitive areas such as marine mammal haulouts, priority ecological communities and cultural sites; Dispersed camping with permit allowed at many of these sites and Indian Island, Cattle Point, Kellett Bluff and many other places within the Monument; Use of herbicides as vegetative treatment; Hunting and target shooting allowed during hunting seasons throughout the Monument except in 3 designated campgrounds; Not managing lands with Wilderness Characteristics for their wilderness characteristics; Downgrading 232 acres to a lower visual resource management level; Wildfire risk to our community; No group size limit of 10 at prior ACEC areas; Inconsistencies within the document making it difficult for BLM managers to use in the future.
If you have concerns with the Proposed RMP or find discrepancies in the Proposed RMP, email info@SanJuanIslandsNM.org
Photo is of Leo Reef, from BLM site catalogue. Leo Reef is visible from the ferry routes, a marine mammal haulout and under the Proposed RMP would have public access and designated camping with a permit.
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