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In Reply Refer T United States Department of the Interior Vey Canyon Country District, 82 East Dogwood Moab, UT 84532 Inpww bl goviutah November 26, 2019 Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee Dear Monument Advisory Committee Members, I hope you are having good start (o your holiday season, We are grateful for your commitment and service on the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). Tam writing to let you know about some personnel changes and to provide an update on the Bears Ears National Monument planning effort and your involvement in that the process. Personnel Updates 6. Ed Roberson, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah State Director, has announced his retirement in early January 2020. The BLM is actively seeking a replacement for Ed’s position. Lance Porter, former Canyon Country District Manager, accepted a position in Vernal as the Green River District Manager and started last week, I have accepted a temporary assignment as the acting District Manager (up to one year). In this capacity, I will serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the MAC. Amber Johnson will be the acting Field Manager for the Monticello Field Office. Amber has been the Assistant Field Manager responsible for the recreation program for the past three years. She brings great energy, experience, and is building a committed team of specialists in the field office. Mike Diem, former District Ranger for Moab and Monticello on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, recently retired. We are grateful for the years of dedicated service Mike has offered. Brian Murdock is the acting District Ranger until February 2020. Lisa Bryant, former Canyon Country District Public Affairs Officer, has been your primary contact in coordinating MAC meetings; however, as of the end of October 2019, Lisa took a job with the Forest Service in Colorado. We wish her the best on her new adventure. We are actively seeking a replacement for Lisa’s position, Jake Palma was selected as the Monument Manager for the Bears Ears National Monument and reported in late July. Jake has spent the last several years managing BLM projects in close coordination with counties, the State of Utah, and other INTERIOR REGION 7 * UPPER COLORADO BASIN COLORADO, NEW MEX ), UTAH, WYOMING partners. His position is equivalent to an Assistant Field Manager for the Monticello Field Office. Jake Palma will be your primary contact for all MAC-telated items. Jake can be contacted at 435-587-1539 or jepalma@blm.gov. 7. Cameron Cox, who had been serving as the BLM Native American Liaison in the Monticello Field Office, has taken a job with the National Park Service in Tennessee. We are actively seeking a replacement for his position. In the interim, Jared Lundell will be assisting as a point of contact for this work. Bears Ears National Monument Management Plan Updates We are wrapping up the monument planning effort and expect to sign a Record of Decision for the Monument Management Plans this winter. The BLM is finishing the consultation process under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, responding to the Governor's Consistency Review of the Monument Management Plans, and addressing protests received after the release of the Proposed Monument Management Plans and Final Environmental Impact Statements this summer. MAC Updates As we discussed in June, our next meetings will focus implementation. Since we anticipate having a signed Record of Decision this winter, we decided that holding a meeting February 25- 26 would be most effective and honor your time. In general, the February meeting is intended to discuss the outcomes of the Record of Decision and Approved Monument Management Plans, introduce the implementation-level plans like the cultural resources management plan, recreation area management plans, and travel management plan, allow for the public to address the MAC, and provide opportunity for the MAC to discuss ideas and make recommendations for the implementation-level plans. 1 want to thank each of you for your willingness to serve on the Bears Ears National Monument MAC. The natural and cultural resources here are tremendous and deserve a thoughtful approach to their management. We value your input as we move forward with on-the-ground management and implementation. Sincerely, — Ore Gary Torres Acting District Manager