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    Comment sought on San Juan Islands National Monument management

    November 8, 2018 GMT

    The Bureau of Land Management is creating a management plan for San Juan Islands National Monument.

    The monument was created in 2013 to recognize the beauty of the region’s chain of islands.

    The federal agency released a draft plan and Environmental Impact Statement on Oct. 5. The agency is now taking public comment on that document and will hold an open house Friday in Anacortes.

    The open house will be at 6 p.m. at the Anacortes Public Library, at 1220 10th St.

    Comments will be accepted through Jan. 3.

    The monument includes about 1,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands at 76 locations throughout the San Juan Islands.

    The agency plans to release a final EIS and management plan for the monument in the spring.