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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 viewing. The official public comment period began August 21, 2015 and ended on November 23, 2015. The public comment period is now closed.

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.

San Rafael Swell Mine Openings Closure Project 

The San Rafael Swell Mine Openings Closure Project was a joint abandoned mine project between BLM-Utah and the State of Utah-Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program. The project successfully closed 172 uranium mine openings--despite terrain and ecosystem challenges--by using methods and equipment that had the least impact. Close coordination with Emery County Public Lands Council was required to mitigate local concerns.

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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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