The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to evaluate potential environmental impacts of the proposed Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) for the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA). The BIA, in close consultation with the Navajo Nation, developed the IRMP in accordance with the American Indian Agricultural Resources Management Act (AIARMA) and other applicable laws and regulations. The PEA was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The BIA presented the Final PEA and the Final IRMP to the Navajo Nation on January 11, 2022. All information on the NEPA and IRMP process can be found here. If the Nation chooses to approve the Final IRMP and recommend that BIA adopt the Final IRMP, the BIA will issue a decision regarding adoption of the IRMP and the associated PEA. Please be advised that the public comment periods for the PEA have closed and BIA is no longer accepting public comments on the PEA.
“A rehabilitated Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA) with well-managed natural resources and environmental conditions, improved economic conditions and quality of life, with preserved Diné culture and traditions.” by Navajo Nation, Navajo-Hopi Land Commission, FBFA Chapters and LGSC staff, May 15, 2014.