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jraya
08-17-2005, 10:48 PM
Date: August 10, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lorraine Buck
520.258.7240
lorraine_buck@blm.gov


BLM Invites the Public to a Workshop to Discuss
the Ironwood Forest National Monument
Resource Management Plan

Tucson, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office invites the public to participate in an upcoming workshop to provide input on draft preliminary alternatives and discuss continued public participation opportunities for long-term management of the Ironwood Forest National Monument. The workshop will be held at the Pima County Parks and Recreation Center located at 3500 West River Road, Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This workshop will include a presentation describing how BLM has developed its draft preliminary alternatives and what’s next in the planning process.

BLM conducted public workshops in the spring and summer of 2004 to discuss the goals and objectives that would guide the development of alternative management strategies for the Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM) Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Many of the comments and suggestions offered in these meetings and through other means of communication were used to develop the preliminary range of alternatives. Since then, BLM has been working to develop a range of management approaches, each with a different emphasis for managing the various resources and activities on public lands within the boundaries of the IFNM.

In general the draft preliminary alternatives consist of, (1) Alternative A which describes management as it would continue under the Phoenix RMP (1989) and the Eastern Arizona Grazing EIS, as modified by the Presidential Proclamation that established the IFNM, (2) Alternative B which generally places an emphasis on maintaining the naturalness of the existing conditions in the IFNM by minimizing human uses, (3) Alternative C which provides a mix of resource protection and human uses, and (4) Alternative D generally places an emphasis on maintaining the existing levels of human uses in the monument.
BLM continues to invite comments or questions on the Ironwood Forest National Monument Management Plan at its toll-free telephone information line at 1-866-331-1795.