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BLM Seeks Public Comment on the Environmental Assessment for February 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Canyon Country District is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer six parcels covering 6,741 acres in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices at the February 2017 oil and gas lease sale. The EA addresses issues raised during internal and external scoping such as air quality, wildlife, and the Old Spanish Historic Trail.
Secretary Jewell, Under Secretary Bonnie Join Utah Local Leaders at Public Meeting to Hear Community Visions for Public Lands Conservation
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie hosted a public meeting in Bluff, Utah to hear about community visions for the management of Southeastern Utah’s public lands, including Congressman Bishop and Chaffetz’s Public Lands Initiative and the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition’s proposal to designate a new national monument.
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BLM releases the Moab Master Leasing Plan Proposed RMP/FEIS
We are proud to release the Final EIS for the Moab Master Leasing Plan. The proposed plan was designed by the BLM, members of the public, stakeholders and other agencies to guide mineral development in and around Moab while protecting important cultural and recreational sites.
The planning area covers approximately 785,000 acres of public lands in Grand and San Juan Counties, which draws millions of visitors a year. The Moab MLP reflects the balance and benefit of both recreation and the mineral and commodity extraction industry. Diverse recreational activities on BLM-managed lands in Utah provided $460 million in local and national economic benefits in 2014; oil, gas and coal activities on BLM-managed lands in Utah provided $981 million in local and national economic benefits during the same time period.
“Balance is essential,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “In this plan we make sure that southern Utah's energy resources can be responsibly accessed while also ensuring that Moab's recreation economy can continue to flourish.” ?#MoabMLP?
BLM Initiates Master Leasing Plan Process for the San Rafael Desert
The public is invited to participate in the San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan (MLP) process. The MLP will serve as a roadmap to guide the orderly development of oil and gas resources in the area, while also providing protections for important conservation areas in southeastern Utah. The MLP will focus on about 525,000 acres in Emery and Wayne Counties, and could result in amendments to two resource management plans, or land use plans, governing BLM-managed public lands in the region. The scoping period begins on May 19 and runs through July 1, 2016. Learn More
New GeoPDF Recreation Maps Available!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is excited to release original maps created to highlight recreation opportunities on public lands across Utah. This suite of maps will provide information on hiking trails, mountain bike trails, auto-tours, OHV trails, and more. Use these tools for your next adventure! Map Library
BLM-Utah, Tread Lightly! and Partners Launch "Respect and Protect" Educational Campaign
The campaign aims to eliminate the looting and vandalism of archaeological, paleontological and natural resources on public lands in Utah through education and stewardship. Visit the Respect and Protect webpage and view our video to learn more.
Join the Conversation. Share how you #RespectandProtect America's historic and prehistoric heritage on social media!
Reward Offered for Information on Archaeological Resource Vandalism
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Utah and the non-profit Friends of Cedar Mesa have established an innovative partnership to combat the theft, vandalism, and damage of archaeological resources on public lands.
Under this collaborative effort, the Friends of Cedar Mesa is offering a standing reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the successful prosecution of anyone who loots, vandalizes, or causes other serious damage to archaeological sites, including those on BLM-managed lands. Additionally, the BLM will offer rewards, in cooperation with Friends of Cedar Mesa, as cases are reported on BLM-managed lands.
Anyone with information about such crimes is encouraged to call 1-800-722-3998. BLM-Utah’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security will investigate legitimate tips and serious incidents occurring on BLM-administered lands, and will share information with other entities when the crimes occur within their jurisdictions.