Coconino NF seeks public comments on extension of SF Peaks mineral withdrawal

Release Date: Jul 31, 2020

Contact(s): Jessica Richardson, NEPA Coordinator, 928-527-8219

SF Peaks mineral withdrawal map THUMBFLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Aug. 2, 2020 — Coconino National Forest has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to extend a San Francisco Peaks mineral withdraw for an additional 20 years and is seeking public comments regarding the extension.

Public Land Order 7467 withdrew 74,689 acres in the SF Peaks/Mt Elden recreation area in 2000 from settlement, sale, location, or entry under the general land and mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws. The order expires Oct. 15, 2020, but an extension would continue the withdrawal to protect the cultural significance, capital investments and dispersed recreation values in the defined recreation area.

BLM provided notice of application in the Federal Register on June 16, which provides the public the opportunity to comment on the withdrawal extension application.

Coconino NF will be hosting a virtual public meeting August 17 at 5 p.m., and the public can attend this online meeting by sending an email to with “Withdrawal” in the subject line to receive a meeting invite with an online link.

The public can also provide comments to the BLM by mail, fax, or email. All comments should be sent to the BLM Arizona State Office, One North Central, Suite 800, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004; faxed to 602-417-9452; or sent by email to The BLM will not consider comments received via telephone calls.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact BLM Land Law Examiner Sara Ferreira at 602-417-9598; by email at; or you may contact the BLM office at the address noted above.. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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