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Stop mining in the White Mountains

Action needed by 11, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing the Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan for 6.7 million acres.  Within the Eastern Interior planning area BLM manages four distinct subunits: The White Mountains National Recreation Area, Steese National Conservation Area, Fortymile and the Upper Black River.

The Draft Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan is open for public comment now.  In this draft plan BLM is proposing to open much of the area to mining and oil and gas development.  This type of development is not compatible with the current uses of the White Mountains National Recreation Area, Steese National Conservation Area, Fortymile Wild and Scenic River corridor, and the Upper Black River.

 

Take Action:

Please attend the public meeting to let BLM know these areas are too special to develop. Points you can make at the meeting include:

  • Alternative B is the best management option for all four subunits
  • A hard rock mineral leasing program within the White Mountains National Recreation Area is not compatible with the current recreational and habitat protection uses
  • BLM does not have enough data or information to make informed management decisions about much of these areas
  • Maintain mineral withdrawals until BLM has sufficient knowledge of the areas to make sound management decisions
Second Round of Meetings on the Draft RMP/EIS
Location Date Time Time
Tok, Tok School November 19, 2012 Open House: 5:00 - 7:00 pm Public Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fairbanks, Morris Thompson Cultural Center February 13, 2013 Open House: 3:00 - 7:00 pm Public Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Anchorage, Campbell Tract Science Center February 19, 2013 Open House: 4:00 - 7:00 pm Public Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Chalkyitsik, Community Hall March 1, 2013 Open House: 5:00 - 6:00 pm Public Meeting: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Fort Yukon, Tribal Hall March 6, 2013 TBD  
Eagle March 11, 2013   Public Meeting: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Eagle Village, Tribal Hall March 12, 2013   Public Meeting: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Central TBD    

More Information:

https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=1100
     
     

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