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The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has prepared a Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (FPEA) to evaluate potential environmental impacts of the proposed Final 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 FPEA was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The BIA presented the FPEA and the Final IRMP to the Navajo Nation on January 11, 2022. All information on the NEPA and IRMP process can be found here.

On December 21, 2022, the Resources and Development Committee Approved Resolution #RDCD-35-22,  which approved the IRMP and the proposed action under the FPEA. The Resolution also recommended the BIA adopt the IRMP. The BIA issued a Notice of Decision regarding adoption of the IRMP and the associated FPEA. Interested parties may appeal the decision to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals. Please see the Notice of Decision for detailed information regarding appeal rights.

For further information or to obtain a copy of the IRMP or the FPEA, please contact Renee Benally, Natural Resource Specialist, BIA Western Navajo, Branch of Natural Resources, at Post Office Box 127 Tuba City, Arizona 86045-0127, by telephone at (928) 283-2252 or by email at renee.benally@bia.gov.

Vision Statement
“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.