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Moab Master Leasing Plan and Draft Resource Management Plan Amendments/Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Moab Master Leasing Plan and Draft Resource Management Plan Amendments/Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for public review. The official public comment period begins August 21, 2015, ending on November 19, 2015. This document includes four alternative proposals for managing mineral leasing and development pertaining to oil, gas, and potash on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM formulated a reasonable range of alternatives based on issues raised during scoping, planning criteria, public comments received on the preliminary alternatives, guidance applicable to specific resources, and the use of an interdisciplinary team of BLM resource specialists and cooperating agencies.

Hastings Cutoff Documentary
Retracing the Fateful Steps of the Donner-Reed Party 

Link to Hastings Cutoff Documentary

Travel back in time and experience the adventure as three interns retrace the fateful steps of the Donner-Reed Party, traveling the ninety-mile waterless stretch of the California Trail known as Hastings Cutoff.

This alternate route, sold as a 'shortcut' across the Great Salt Desert (Utah) by Lansford W. Hastings in 1846, proved devastating for the Donner-Reed Party and many who attempted the perilous journey.

Losing half of their cattle and several wagons to the Utah desert, the party arrived late and unprepared when they reached the Sierra Nevadas. After 1850, the dangerous Hastings Cutoff was abandoned in favor of newer and safer routes to California.

Now designated as a National Historic Trail, Hastings Cutoff is considered by many as the most arduous stretch of Western migration trail in the United States.

More information on the California National Historic Trail is available here -

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#DiscoverWilderness and Put the WILD Back Into Your Life!

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What is Wilderness

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Adventure Recap

Cedar Mountain Wilderness Video
Cedar Mtn Wilderness

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Interview: Leave No Trace!

Riding Into Wilderess - Back Country Horsemen Video
Riding Into Wilderness

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The BLM manages nearly 22.9 million acres of public lands in Utah, representing about 42 percent of the state. Located mostly in western and southeastern Utah, these lands are varied, ranging from rolling uplands to sprawling desert lowlands. Utah’s public lands feature some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from the snow-capped peaks of remote mountain ranges to colorful red-rock canyons.

The BLM’s first national monument is also located on public lands in Utah. Situated in beautiful red-rock country, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses nearly 1.9 million acres in the south-central part of the state. The area offers a unique combination of archaeological, historical, paleontological, geological, and biological resources.

BLM Utah manages public lands for a variety of uses. These lands not only provide minerals, energy, and livestock forage, but also natural, historical and cultural resources that the agency is charged with protecting. In addition, Utah’s public lands offer incomparable opportunities to experience solitude and enjoy outdoor recreation. 

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Utah State Office
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Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1345
Phone: (801) 539-4001
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