The long-awaited Draft Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas and the St. George Field Office Plan Amendment are available on the BLM website. Print copies and CDs are available at the Inter-agency Visitor Center, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George.
Susan Crook,firstname.lastname@example.org , Land Program Manager, is leading CDF’s commenting campaign under the direction of the board and with the help of our new Public Lands Ambassadors group. The Ambassadors will meet Tuesday, July 21st, 2:00 pm, at the CDF office, 321 North Mall Drive, Suite B202. Anyone interested in helping with the commenting campaign is invited to attend.
Some initial observations:
- Alternative D (not the preferred alternative) designates a utility and transportation right-of-way corridor through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) specifically to accommodate the county’s preferred routes for the highway corridor.
- Retains existing Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) for the field office management area but revokes the ACECs for the NCAs as being duplicative. Designates some new ACECs in Alternative B (preferred alternative), but we would like to see more as proposed in Alternative C.
- Establishes the Bull Valley Mountain Multi-Species Management Area as a wildlife corridor to protect wildlife migration as an area where “biological conservation is a priority” pursuant to the Omnibus Public Land Bill of 2009.
- Shows a 73% reduction of areas Open to Cross Country OHV use (from 80,668 to 21,442 acres) with the large open area in the Bull Valley Mountains becoming “Limited to Existing.”