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Monument Butte Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Comment Period
The Bureau of Land Management, Vernal Field Office is seeking public comment on it's draft study of Newfield Exploration's Monument Butte Environmental Impact Statement. The Monument Butte project covers 120,000 acres near Myton, Utah and would result in 170 miles of new roads and new pipelines in Duchesne and Uintah Counties. The proposal would add 5,750 new oil and gas wells over a 16-year period.
The Vernal Field Office announces a 30 day extension of the public comment period. The public comment period began on December 20, 2013 and now ends on March 5, 2014.
Review the draft Environmental Impact Statement at www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html
For additional information, please call Marta Call at (435) 781-4400.
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.
Travel Management Plan Updates
The Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) (October 2008) directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) to complete a Travel and Transportation Management Plan for all the BLM-managed public lands in Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah Counties, and a small portion of Grand County, Utah.
The Vernal Field Office is located in the northeast corner of Utah and administers lands within Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah Counties, plus a small portion of Grand County. The BLM also has Native American Trust responsibilities for Northern Ute Tribal and allotted mineral trust lands located within these counties. The area includes the south slope of the Uinta Mountains, the Uinta Basin, and the Book Cliffs region.
The management area is bounded on the west by the Wasatch Mountains and on the east by the Douglas Creek Arch in Colorado. There are approximately 7,325,500 acres within the boundary, of which 1,725,500 acres are BLM-managed surface lands. The Vernal Field Office administers energy related mineral activities on 3.8 million acres of Federal mineral lands (includes 1.3 million acres of National Forest Service lands) and post lease mineral operations on Indian trust mineral lands.
The VFO also offers a great variety of recreational activities; such as mountain biking, hiking, hunting and fishing. For more information, please click on "What We Do" and the Recreation link.
Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: (435) 781-4400
Fax: (435) 781-4410