BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Road Project in Eastern Utah
Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Vernal Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the realignment and paving of a portion of the existing Wells Draw road, a major access route to Nine Mile Canyon. The project proposes paving 2.68 miles of road on BLM land, and realigning and paving 2.52 miles of road on land administered by Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration. All other segments of the Wells Draw road and the Nine Mile Canyon road are paved.
Additional information about the proposal is included in the EA, which is now available for public review and comment. An electronic copy of the EA can be found on the Vernal BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html
Written comments will be accepted through Dec. 16, 2015. Please reference “Gate Canyon EA” when submitting comments. Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Comments may submitted at any of the following addresses:
Vernal Field Office, BLM
ATTN: Stephanie Howard
170 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
For additional project-specific information, please contact Stephanie Howard at (435)781-4469. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
BLM Vernal Field Office Hosts John Jarvie Harvest Festival
Vernal, Utah—Nature has prepared the Jarvie Ranch for the Harvest Festival with a layer of snow on the mountains above Brown’s Park. Throughout the ranch, pine wreaths and boughs are being hung, supplies for crafts are being set out, games are being organized, musicians are tuning their instruments, and logs are being placed in the fire pit in preparation for the arrival of Harvest Festival visitors.
What: John Jarvie Harvest Festival
Where: Historic John Jarvie Ranch at Browns Park
When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Who: Public – everyone welcome – free!
Why: Experience turn-of-the century days gone by!
The public is invited to attend and participate in the Jarvie Ranch Harvest Festival. For additional information about this event, contact Beth Hamann, Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office at (435)781-3430. To learn more about Brown’s Park and the John Jarvie Historic Ranch, visit: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/recreation_/browns_park.html
To get to The John Jarvie property from Vernal, Utah:
- Go north on Hwy 191 for 55 miles
- Travel east on a gravel/paved road for 22 miles, (two miles of up to 12 percent grade)
- Follow Jarvie Ranch/Brown’s Park signs
To get to the John Jarvie property from Maybell, Colorado:
- Go west on Hwy 318 for 70 miles of paved road and eight miles of gravel
- Follow Jarvie Ranch/Brown’s Park signs
Christmas Tree-Cutting Permits Available
Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office will begin selling Christmas tree-cutting permits on November 20, 2015 and end on December 23, 2015. The pinyon pine and juniper tree permits are $10 each with one permit allowed per household. An individual may purchase up to 5 permits, but must provide the name and address of each person for whom the permits are being purchased.
Maps of the tree cutting areas are provided with each tree permit, along with the personal-use tree policy, conservation code, and recycling information. The map is part of the actual tree cutting permit. Trees must be cut only in the designated areas.
A CHANGE from Previous Years – this year BLM tree permits will only be available at the BLM Vernal Field Office, 170 South 500 East, Vernal Utah, office hours Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Recycling a holiday tree is easy.
·When it is time to take down the holiday tree, remove all non-organic tree accessories that could contaminate the recycling process. These include the tree stand, lights, tinsel and ornaments. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
·Place the tree in a sheet or old blanket and take it to 100 W and 100 N, Vernal, UT between December 26, 2015 and January 1, 2016. Trees in plastic bags cannot be recycled.
When out creating holiday memories searching for the perfect family tree, be sure to be safe. Please stay on established roads, protect wildlife, leave gates closed, respect fences and other property, and carry out your litter. Be prepared for winter weather conditions.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
Jazz-Chromolly Trail Highlights
The Jazz-Chromolly Trail in Vernal, Utah, is a first-class bike trail. As part of the Red Fleet Trails complex, Jazz-Chromolly combines flowing, winding segments with technical sections and challenging climbs. It crosses desert sands, slick rock and offers panoramic views of Red Fleet Reservoir, the Brush Creek Drainage and the Battleships formations, which give the Red Fleet Trails Complex its name.