BLM and USFS to host a community meeting for proposed National Monument near Grand Canyon

Contributed Article/Courtesy BLM

WASHINGTON — Next week, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service will host a public meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona to hear from the community about the management of the region’s public lands, including a proposal to designate existing public lands as a national monument in northern Arizona.   

The community meeting is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to support locally-led conservation efforts nationwide. In May, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited the greater Grand Canyon landscape to meet with Tribal leaders, local elected officials, and community members to hear about their vision for conserving the natural and cultural resources in the greater Grand Canyon watershed.  

The community meeting responds to requests from local, county, state, and Tribal officials, as well as pending legislation in Congress, calling for the protection of the landscape as the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument to be managed by the BLM and USFS.   

What:   BLM and USFS Community Meeting Regarding Conservation Proposal  

When:  Tuesday, July 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. MT. Doors will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. MT 

WhereDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff, Grand Ballroom, 1175 West Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ 86001 

Those attending include:    

  • Laura Daniel-Davis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior 
  • Dr. Homer Wilkes, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • Tracy Stone-Manning, Director, Bureau of Land Management 
  • Raymond Suazo, Arizona Director, Bureau of Land Management 
  • Michiko Martin, Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service