2021 Rainy-River Watershed Minerals Withdrawal

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Comments will be accepted through January 19, 2022. Comments must be submitted in writing, or electronically to the Bureau of Land Management for consideration. Comments previously submitted during the 2018 application for withdrawal will be reviewed and considered in the development of the Forest Service's current environmental analysis. Since the Secretary of the Interior will make the final decision, the project is not subject to Forest Service objection or appeal procedures.

Comments will be used to determine issues associated with the proposed withdrawal, develop alternatives, determine the scope of analysis, and refine the effects analysis. Comments are most useful and effective if they refer to a specific activity or example, provide a potential solution, or propose mitigation.

Comments regarding this withdrawal proposal should be sent to: F. David Radford, Deputy State Director of Geospatial Services, BLM Eastern States Office, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041; or by email to BLM_ES_Lands@blm.gov.

Public Meeting Information
The purpose of the meetings is to learn from the public what issues they are most concerned about so the agencies can ensure those concerns are addressed in the environmental analysis. The meeting will open with a short introduction by agency leadership, followed by a listening session in which attendees selected in advance via a lottery may provide verbal comments. Each speaker will be allotted up to three minutes. Verbal comments, including names, will become an official part of the record. Each session will accommodate up to 3,000 individual users and will include a phone line option.

If you wish to provide an official comment during one of the meetings, you must pre-register 48 hours in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. Agencies will use a lottery system to randomly select speakers from the list of registrants for each meeting. If you are selected to speak, you will by notified by email from the Forest Service 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

You must register to receive a Zoom link or phone number to call into the meeting. Listen only participants may join the zoom link at the time of the meeting, or you can also listen to the meeting livestreamed in real-time on the BLM Eastern States? YouTube account.

All comments received (including names and addresses) will become part of the project record and will be available for public inspection. All meetings will be recorded.

Register for the Meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, CST at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_z0ihp2ikSkSug9QnsaLjag

Register for the Meeting on Saturday, January 15, 2022, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., CST at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_q9OWw5P3TSuvACoQ2o6gnQ

Register for the Meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., CST at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_rs2ueUYaQ-CoRO25s2bLqA

Location Summary

The Federal lands are located within a portion of the Rainy River watershed, outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the BWCA Mining Protection Area. See application Map.

District: Superior National Forest All Units

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