BlueRibbon Coalition BRC: IDAHO - BLM Publishes NOI to Amend RMP

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    Date: 09/01/2011
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burley Field Office has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cassia and Monument RMPs to consider closing BLM-managed lands in the Castle Rocks and Cedar Fields Areas to rock climbing and other recreational activities to protect cultural and historic properties.
    The planning area is located in Cassia and Power Counties, Idaho, and encompasses approximately 1,556 acres of public land.
    In 2010, the BLM initiated a planning project to address "potential" damage to cultural resources within the American Falls Archeological District at Cedar Fields from rock climbing and other recreational activities. The proposed action would have allowed limited climbing and trail construction. However, it appears the BLM has decided instead to close the area to climbing and other recreational activities.
    The BLM has announced the formal process to implement the permanent elimination of rock climbing, staging, camping and construction of new trails on BLM-managed lands at Castle Rocks Inter-Agency Recreation Area and at Cedar Fields.
    The BLM will be accepting public comments during the public scoping period which runs from August 23 to September 22, 2011. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/info/nepa.html.
    In order to be included in the EA, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 30 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later.
    Written comments may be submitted on issues and planning criteria related to Castle Rocks and Cedar Fields Land Use Plan Amendment by any of the following methods:
    Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/info/nepa.html
    E-mail: id_burley_fo_@blm.gov
    Fax: 208-677-6699
    Mail: 15 East 200 South, Burley, Idaho 83318
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Burley Field Office.
    Contact Dennis Thompson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, for further information and/or to have your name added to the Burley BLM's mailing list, at telephone 208-677-6664; address 15 East 200 South, Burley, Idaho 83318; or e-mail dennis_thompson@blm.gov.
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Thanks in advance for your support,
    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Department Manager
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext 107

    The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org
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