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Edited by: John Stewart

Scoping Meeting Notice for the BLM Price, Utah Management Plan

BLM offices nationwide are in the process of revising their management plans. The Price, Utah BLM office has announced the schedule for public meetings to take input regarding the scoping phase of the planning process. Scoping is the most important part of the entire planning process. Comment in the scoping phase is the most effective way to get the agency to consider the issues that are important to you, your organization and your community. Your input is most effective at this time.

Scoping is not only the first and best time for public input. It also establishes standing for appeal and protest of any unfair or unbalanced management decisions.

The Price BLM office is home to several premier OHV destinations, including the Devils Racetrack, Eva Conover Road, Coal Wash, The Behind the Reef Road, The Dick Brass Motorcycle Trail System, Chimney Rock Trail System and others.

Scoping is part of the planning process where the bureau will determine the scope of the planning process. The agency will decide which management issues will be resolved and outline goals, opportunities and management objectives.

Generally, an issue is a matter of controversy or dispute over resource management activities or land use that is well defined or topically discrete and entails alternatives among which to choose or decide. Planning issues may have two or more of the following characteristics: 1) Concern expressed by the public, state, tribe or local government, 2) Existing or potential serious deterioration of public land, 3) possible significant impacts, and 4) proposed uses which may or may not be in the best public interest and which may be in substantial conflict with other uses.

Scoping offers the public the first and only opportunity to comment on the preliminary planning criteria. In the scoping phase, planning criteria are released for public review and comment. Planning criteria are the standards, rules, and other factors identified by interdisciplinary teams and land managers for use in formulating judgments about data collection, analysis, and decision making. These criteria assist in focusing the subject clarifying, and simplifying subsequent prescribed resource management planning actions by setting forth basic standards for deciding and judging certain components of the planning actions. The 43 CFR 1600 regulations require the consideration of planning criteria and mandate early public involvement in their development.

Sometimes, preliminary alternatives are identified in the Scoping Phase. Various management alternatives may be identified and proposed by individuals, organizations, tribal, state and local governments. If you would like to submit a management alternative, the scoping phase is the time to do it.

Public meetings have been scheduled for the following locations and times:

Salt Lake City, Utah Jan 15, 2002 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Place State Park, 2200 Sunnyside Ave. Salt Lake City

Moab, Utah Jan 16, 2002 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Ramada Inn Meeting Room, 182 South Main St., Moab

Grand Junction, Colorado Jan 17, 2002 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., Grand Junction

Green River, Utah Jan 30, 2002 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Green River City Hall, Green River

Castle Dale, Utah Jan 31, 2002 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

San Rafael Museum, 64 North 100 East, Castle Dale

Price, Utah Jan 31, 2002 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Holiday Inn Conference Center, 838 Westwood Blvd., Price

Uncertain about how to comment or what to say? Contact your land use officer or USA-ALL.

Thank you all for your involvement.

Contacts: Related Links:
  • Brian Hawthorne
    Utah Shared Access Alliance
    801-465-1145