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BLM Announces December 13 Virtual Meeting of the GSENM Advisory Committee

KANAB – The Bureau of Land Management will host a virtual public meeting of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee on Dec. 13, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with public comments accepted at 1:45 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Meeting participants must register in advance to attend at Upon registering, participants will receive a confirmation email including the meeting link and dial-in numbers.

Hoodoos onthe GSENM
Sunrise at the Escalante Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Courtesy GSENM.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee is a citizen-based council consisting of up to 15 members representing interests in the local community and monument values.

“The diverse outlook of the committee creates a unique dialogue and gives insight to ultimately help the planning process and the future management of the Monument,” said Paria River District Manager Harry Barber. “Direct input by committee members helped us prepare the agenda for this highly anticipated meeting.”

“Part of the agenda includes the committee’s continued interest in engaging with Tribes on a regular basis, beginning with cultural training and discussion,” said Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee Chair William Weppner, Ph.D. “We hope this meeting catalyzes a better understanding of how Tribal, conservation, education, recreation and other committee members view Monument resources, and how they continually contribute to the planning process and future Monument management.”

Agenda items for this meeting include discussion of the revised alternatives for the new resource management plan, discussion of committee member perspectives of Monument expectations, and cultural training led by the Committee’s Tribal Interests Representative Hank Stevens.

The agenda and virtual meeting access information (including how to log in and participate) will be announced on the Committee webpage at 15 days in advance of the meeting. Depending on the number of people wishing to participate during the public comment period, the amount of time for individual comments may be limited.

Written statements or questions related to this virtual public meeting may be directed to David Hercher by phone at 435-899-0415 or email with the subject line “Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee” to Members of the public may also contact Hercher with reasonable requests for accommodation at least seven business days prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to process the request.

—Bureau of Land Management