The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft resource management plan for the 58,000-acre San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area that will guide management of the area for years to come. The plan is on line at https://go.usa.gov/xnTuM.
The draft plan presents four planning alternatives. Alternatives B and C (the BLM’s preferred alternative) would open more than 21,000 acres to hunting. A chart on Page 2-44 of the draft plan compares the acreage open to hunting under the plan alternatives.
The public comment period is open until September 27th. The BLM has scheduled four public meetings to discuss the draft plan. It is important that support for expanding hunting opportunities in the San Pedro be heard by the BLM. The NRA encourages hunters to attend one of the public meetings and submit comments online. Click here for a comment form and click here to read a fact sheet prepared by the BLM about the draft plan.
Public Meeting Schedule
- July 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Sierra Vista Police Department, 911 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Meeting attendees should use the lobby entrance to access the room)
- Aug. 8, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Benson Fire Department Station 71, 375 E. 7th Street, Benson, Ariz.
- Aug. 22, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Sierra Vista Police Department, 911 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Meeting attendees should use the lobby entrance to access the room)
- Aug. 23, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Pima Community College, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson, Ariz.