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Alkali Ridge

Land Use Plan: Monticello Resource Management Plan
Acreage: 39,196
Date: November 2008
Values: Archeological
Management Guidance:Where the BLM authorized officer determines that avoidance of direct and indirect impacts to historic properties is not feasible and adverse effects may occur, BLM will resolve those effects through development of appropriate mitigation measures and consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Additional measures such as fencing, camouflaging, sound muffling, etc. may be necessary to further avoid indirect and direct impacts caused by surface-disturbing activities.
  • When siting facilities, the primary objective will be avoidance of direct and indirect impacts to resources on, or eligible for listing on, the NRHP (historic properties). Avoidance may require that a facility be moved farther than allowed under standard lease terms and conditions.
  • Siting may require coordination among the BLM, State Historic Preservation Officer, and Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining to ensure consistency with all applicable well spacing requirements.
  • All cultural properties eligible for the NRHP will be surrounded by an avoidance area sufficient to allow permanent protection.
  • The area is available for geophysical exploration, disposal of mineral materials, mineral leasing, and locatable mineral entry.
  • The area will be retained in public ownership.
  • Campfires are allowed.
  • The area is available for wildlife habitat improvements.
  • A Cultural Resource Management Plan consistent with the goals and objectives of the Resource Management Plan (RMP) will be written for Alkali Ridge ACEC, if necessary, and will not require a plan amendment to the RMP.
  • Livestock may be restricted if cultural resources are being impacted.
  • The area is managed as Visual Resource Management (VRM) Class III. VRM Class III areas are areas where contrasts to the basic elements caused by a management activity may be evident, but should remain subordinate to the existing landscape.
  • The area is available for vegetation treatments.
  • The appropriate management response for wildland fire will be in accordance with the Moab District Fire Plan.
  • Off-highway vehicle use is limited to designated roads and trails.

Alkali Ridge National Historic Landmark

Alkali Ridge National Historic Landmark is contained within the Alkali Ridge ACEC.

Land Use Plan: Monticello Resource Management Plan
Acreage: 2,146
Date: November 2008
Values: Archeological
Management Guidance:
  • Available for oil and gas leasing subject to no surface occupancy (NSO).
  • All mechanized/motorized traffic limited to designated routes.
  • Campfires are not allowed.
  • Unavailable for private and/or commercial use of woodland products including on-site collection of dead wood for campfires.
  • Available for watershed improvements.
  • Appropriate Management Response to fire in accordance with the Moab District Fire Plan.
  • Open to livestock use with restrictions if cultural resources become impacted.
  • No surface-disturbing vegetation treatments are allowed. Any treatment must avoid cultural sites by sufficient margin as to have no adverse impact.
  • Available for geophysical exploration that meets the definition of "casual use" as defined in 43 CFR 3150.b. Casual use means activities that involve practices which do not ordinarily lead to any appreciable disturbance or damage to lands, resources and improvements. For example, activities which do not involve use of heavy equipment or explosives and which do not involve vehicular movement, except over established roads and trails are casual use.
  • Unavailable for disposal of mineral materials.
  • Recommended for withdrawal from locatable mineral entry.
  • Surface disturbance allowed for emergency fire suppression.
  • Recreation use will be limited if cultural resources become impacted.
  • Climbing aids such as ropes are not allowed for access into cultural sites/ruins.
  • Rights-of-way avoidance area.
  • Managed as VRM Class III. VRM Class III areas are areas where contrasts to the basic elements caused by a management activity may be evident, but should remain subordinate to the existing landscape.