Virtual public meetings announced: BLM considers military request to extend and expand land withdrawal for the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is processing the USAF and USMC’s request to extend the current BMGR reservation of 1,659,365 acres of public lands for military purposes and to withdraw this acreage from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including mining laws, mineral leasing laws, and geothermal leasing laws, subject to valid existing rights. The USAF has also proposed withdrawing an additional 2,366 acres of public lands south of Gila Bend, Arizona. Two virtual (online/telephone) public meetings are scheduled to gather public comments on BLM’s action to process the applications for the proposed extension and expansion of the BMGR withdrawal.
When/How to Participate:
The BLM hosted two virtual public meetings on May 26 and May 28, 2020 as part of the agency’s land withdrawal review process. Video recordings of each meeting are provided below:
Meeting materials may be viewed from the Documents Page of the BMGR Project Website at: https://barry-m-goldwater-leis.com/public-documents/.
How to Provide Comments:
The deadline for providing comments to the BLM is July 20, 2020.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be 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.
Other Related Actions:
The USAF and USMC are preparing a Legislative Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the environmental consequences associated with the proposed extension and expansion of the BMGR withdrawal. The BLM is a cooperating agency for this environmental analysis. Congress will make the final decision regarding the withdrawal extension and expansion.
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