Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 5, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office is seeking public comments to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives for use of rock climbing fixed anchors in wilderness areas within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. A Notice of Intent published in todays Federal Register, opens a 45-day public scoping and comment period for the resource management plan amendment with an associated environmental assessment. The comment period will close on November 18.
Preliminary issues identified by the BLM and other stakeholders include:
Protecting public health and safety
Increasing demand for more recreation opportunities
Addressing the appropriateness of fixed anchors in wilderness
Compliance with BLM Manual 6340, Management of Designated Wilderness Areas
Proximity of wilderness to major urban interface
Protection of cultural and sensitive species
Protection of visual and scenic objectives
Key planning criteria identified includes a focus on whether fixed anchors should be considered for climbing in wilderness areas; developing broad-based participation and collaboration with all interested publics; and focusing on resource values rather than the combination of uses that would give the greatest economic return.
The plan would amend the 2005 Red Rock Canyon Resource Management Plan and would only affect management of the BLM portions of the La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain wilderness areas consisting of 48,340 acres. The policy for the U.S. Forest Service portions of these wilderness areas will be determined within the ongoing joint BLM/US Forest Service La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Plan.
Written comments may be submitted by mail or delivered to BLM, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130, Attn: Nick Walendziak, by e-mail to: email@example.com or by fax to: 702-363-6779 (Attn: Nick Walendziak).
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
This will no doubt discourage some people from responding...
"Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so."...
I missed this when it first came out...
But I was alerted to the same info by the Access Fund. If you go to the Access Fund website, they have page of info on it, and a template that makes it easy to send your comments in.
This is indeed super important. My understanding is that the BLM is planning to use this plan as a template for most or all BLM lands in the future, so what is decided here may affect you even if you don't climb in Red Rock.
Fortunately Nick is a climber and a pretty good guy, he's more then happy to talk to people in person or on the phone if you have any questions.