‘Monumental’ opportunity | Editorial

Want to have a say in how the San Juan Islands National Monument is managed?

The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a 30-day scoping period on the monument’s resource management plan, and not only are you invited, but the BLM encourages you to offer up your thoughts at the public scoping meetings.

At the meetings, the BLM will present information about the National Monument and the planning effort so that attendees can learn more about what it means for the islands.

There will be opportunities to ask questions, reflect on issues and provide comment. Later this spring, a scoping report will be published, summarizing the issues raised during the scoping period.

Meeting schedule:

• Friday Harbor Grange, March 11, 5 p.m.

• Klahowya Ferry, March 12, 1-1:30 p.m.

• Woodmen Hall, Lopez, March 12, 5 p.m.

• Eastsound Fire Hall, Orcas, March 13, 5 p.m.

• Anacortes Public Library, March 14, 12 p.m.

You can also submit comments via email. The BLM is looking for specific, concise suggestions about issues it should address in its planning effort.

Send online comments to sanjuanislandnm@blm.gov. By U.S. mail, send comments to BLM Lopez Island Office, 37 Washburn Place, Lopez Island, WA, 98261. You can also give the BLM a call at (503) 808-6333.