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Bureau of Land Management
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
669 South Highway 89 A, Kanab, UT 84741

September 26, 2022

RE: Public Scoping Comments for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Resource Management Plan (DOI-BLM-UT-P010-2022-0006-RMP-EIS)

Dear Adé Nelson and the Resource Management Planning Team,

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks submit the following scoping comments for the resource management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) as designated by Presidential Proclamation 10286, which restored the GSENM boundaries and conditions that were in place prior to December 4, 2017. These comments are in addition to joint comments NPCA has signed with Grand Canyon Trust (GCT), Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and other conservation organizations that have been submitted by GCT. We value the connected landscape and the historic, prehistoric and scientific objects, and recreation opportunities within the entire monument designated under Presidential Proclamations 10286 and 6920. Our greatest concerns and expertise, however, are focused on park adjacent lands and potential impacts to the resources and values of Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. We submit these comments in addition to GCT et al. to address those park specific concerns.

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