Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

As defined and authorized in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is an area within the public lands where special management attention is required to protect and prevent irreperable damage to important historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish and wildlife resources, or other natural systems or processes, or to protect life and safety from natural hazards.

ACECs are designated during regular resource mananagement processes. Currently, the Fillmore Field Office manages 7 ACECs:


NameAcresValues
Fossil Mountain
1,920
prehistoric life form
Gandy Mountain Caves
1,120
geologic feature
Gandy Salt Marsh
2,270
unique biological, riparian
Pavant Butte
2,500
inactive volcano
Rockwell
9,630
sand dunes
Tabernacle Hill
3,567
unusual volcanic features
Wah Wah Mountains
5,970
bilogical community