The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Price Field Office is seeking public comment on management in the Nine Mile Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA.) The Nine Mile Canyon SRMA, managed by the Price and Vernal Field Offices, is internationally significant for its concentration of archaeological sites and extensive rock art, and the BLM-Utah is inviting the public to provide input into the management of this unique area.
Interested members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas or to raise issues of concern, which will then be used to develop an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Nine Mile Canyon SRMA. The EA will identify and analyze implementation of management decisions made in the 2008 Price and Vernal Resource Management Plans and will aid in the development of a recreation area management plan for Nine Mile Canyon that will guide the management of interpretation, stewardship and recreation in the area.
During this public scoping period, which ends Oct. 3, 2014, the BLM-Utah invites the public to provide input on substantive issues and concerns relating to management of the Nine Mile Canyon SRMA. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence development of the EA. The most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.
An electronic copy of the public scoping document is available for review at https://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price.html. Hard copies are also available for review at the BLM-Utah Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West in Price.
Written comments will be accepted through Oct. 3, 2014. Please reference “Nine Mile Canyon SRMA” when submitting comments. Written comments may be submitted via the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “Nine Mile Canyon SRMA”.) Comments may also be submitted by mail using the following address:
Bureau of Land Management
Price Field Office
Attn: Ahmed Mohsen
125 South 600 West
Price, Utah 84501
Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
For additional project-specific information, please contact Ahmed Mohsen at (435) 636-3637. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.