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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 irreparable 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 Moab Field Office manages 5 ACECs:

 

NameAcresValues
5,201

scenery
natural systems (threatened,
sensitive and endangered plants)
cultural resources

34,024
natural systems
mitigate natural hazards due to fire
13,500

scenery
wildlife
natural systems (threatened,
sensitive and endangered plants)
cultural resources

3,721

scenery
natural systems (cold water/fishery/
riparian/watershed and wildlife)
cultural resources

4,980

natural systems (riparian/wetlands)
wildlife
cultural resources
natural hazards