<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Mon, 2 May 2016 17:11:07 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ The BLM and Tread Lightly! Launch Respect and Protect Campaign ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/the_blm_and_tread.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/the_blm_and_tread.html Mon, 2 May 2016 17:11:07 -0600 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Tread Lightly! have launched Respect and Protect, a public awareness campaign that aims to promote cultural resource stewardship and protection through education, and outreach on public lands in Utah.  

The campaign also reminds public lands visitors that looting and vandalism of archaeological and paleontological resources on federal, state, and tribal lands is against the law. If you observe individuals looting sites or stealing artifacts, call the BLM Resource Protection Hotline (Utah) at 800-722-3998 to report the incident.  

“When people remove ancient artifacts from the public lands, we all lose,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “If each one of us acts as a steward of our natural monuments, we can ‘respect and protect’ these historical treasures and preserve them for future generations.” 

The public campaign kicks off Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City.  Light refreshments will be provided.  To RSVP or find more information email: RespectAndProtect@TreadLightly.Org, or visit: www.blm.gov/ut.

In addition to the May launch, the BLM and Tread Lightly! will host five additional public events across Utah. Locations include the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal on June 11, the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm in St. George on July 16, the Moab Information Center in Moab on July 28, the Utah State University Eastern’s Prehistoric Museum in Price on August 27, and the BLM Calf Creek Falls Trailhead near Escalante on September 24. All events are free and open to the public. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM Announces Scoping Period for a Proposal to Modify an Approved Exploration Plan of Operations (Issued 4/30/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/ScopingPeriod_ExplorationPlanofOperations.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/ScopingPeriod_ExplorationPlanofOperations.html Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:46:44 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah, Moab Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal from the Lisbon Valley Mining Company LLC to modify an approved Exploration Plan of Operations (Plan).  The proposed Plan modification consists of approximately 5.67 acres of additional surface disturbance associated with up to 43 new drill sites and their access roads. ]]> <![CDATA[ Final Environmental Impact Statement for TransWest Express Transmission Project Availablef or Public Review (Issued 4/30/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/FinalEIS_TransWest_PublicReview.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/FinalEIS_TransWest_PublicReview.html Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:34:32 -0600 The Bureau of Land Management and Western Area Power Administration today announced the availability of the final environmental review for a 730-mile transmission line project that would deliver up to 3,000 megawatts of electric power to major load centers, including Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego, California, by tapping in to abundant wind energy resources in southern Wyoming. ]]> <![CDATA[ Weiss Highway Road Under Re-Construction (4/30/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/WeissHighwayRoad_UnderReconstruction.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/WeissHighwayRoad_UnderReconstruction.html Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:05:03 -0600 Visitors to Little Sahara Recreation Area Can Expect Travel Delays ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Input on Guided Group Trekking in San Juan County (Issued 4/24/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/blm_seeks_public_input.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/blm_seeks_public_input.html Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:51:25 -0600 Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public input on an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes issuing a multi-year special recreation permit to the Hole in the Rock Foundation.  The proposed permit would authorize guided group trekking and hiking in three areas associated with the Hole in the Rock Trail in San Juan County, Utah—Long Flat/Snow Flat, Comb Wash/San Juan Hill, and The Cedars/Salvation Knoll areas.
The proposed trekking activities are intended to provide experiential learning opportunities for up to 250 participants at a time and are focused on routes associated with the 1879-1880 Hole in the Rock expedition.  The majority of the proposed annual use would occur June 1 through August 31.
The EA addresses five alternatives that vary in overall use, timing, and types of use on the three routes in addition to a No Action Alternative.  
The EA is available for review and public comment on the BLM Utah Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at:  https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “Hole in the Rock”).
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 29, 2015. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Hole in the Rock” when submitting comments.
Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:
Bureau of Land Management
Monticello Field Office
Attn: Hole in the Rock Trekking EA
P.O. Box 7 
Monticello, Utah 84535
Subject: Hole in the Rock Trekking EA
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable 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 Misti Haines at (435)587-1500.   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 for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours. ]]> <![CDATA[ Rock Shelter in Northeastern Utah Vandalized (Issued 4/9/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/rock_shelter_in_northeastern.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/rock_shelter_in_northeastern.html Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:50:21 -0600 Price, Utah—On March 16, 2015, the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance notified the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that a significant Fremont rock shelter in Nine Mile Canyon near Price, Utah, had been vandalized. 

It was reported that vandals constructed primitive walls using delicate material from the archaeological site and damaged subsurface artifacts by burying several steel cables in the shelter.  Scientists use subsurface artifacts and context to investigate archaeological sites. Malicious or careless actions can negatively impact or even destroy fragile cultural resources and archaeological sites.
The Fremont people were a pre-Columbian culture known to have lived in eastern Utah. Fremont sites have been found throughout the region and in Nine Mile Canyon, near Price, Utah, which is well-known for its many examples of Fremont rock art.
Cultural resources like the recently vandalized Fremont rock shelter are protected under various federal laws and regulations, including the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA).  In ARPA, Congress affirmed that cultural and archaeological resources are an irreplaceable part of America's heritage and must be protected.  As a result, ARPA prohibits the unauthorized damage to, or excavation and removal of archaeological resources on federal lands.  ARPA also prohibits the unlawful sale, purchase, or exchange of archaeological resources.  ARPA violations may result in criminal prosecution or civil penalties based on the cost of restoration and repair.

 If you have information regarding this vandalism, please contact BLM-Price Field Office Law Enforcement Ranger Andres at (435)636-3600. 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 for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale Parcels in the Fillmore Field Office (Issued 3/27/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_seeks_public_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_seeks_public_comment.html Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:44:05 -0600 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer nine parcels covering 12,944 acres in the Fillmore Field Office at the November 2015 oil and gas lease sale.

The scheduled BLM-Utah August 2015 oil and gas lease sale for the West Desert District is being combined with the Nov. 17, 2015, oil and gas lease sale for the Green River District. Given the small scale of the West Desert District sale scheduled for August, combining it with the November Green River District sale will improve efficiency by creating one workload for the leasing team and field personnel. Posting of the November 2015 Notice of Competitive Lease Sale including parcels from both the West Desert and Green River Districts will take place on Aug. 14, 2015; posting of the EA for the Green River parcels is scheduled for June 12, 2015.      
Additional information about the proposed Fillmore Field Office parcels is included in the EA, which is now available for public review and comment.  An electronic copy of the EA can be found online at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/energy/oil_and_gas/oil_and_gas_lease.html
Hard copies of the West Desert District EA can be obtained in person at the BLM-Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101, or the Fillmore Field Office, 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 84631.
The public review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. on April 27, 2015. Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference the “November 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale” when submitting comments. 

Written comments should be mailed or emailed to: 
Bureau of Land Management
Fillmore Field Office Field Office
Attn:  Cindy Ledbetter
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631

blm_ut_fm_comments@blm.gov ]]> <![CDATA[ Little Sahara Recreation Area Visitor Opens Feb. 12, 2015 (Issued 03/25/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/little_sahara_recreation.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/little_sahara_recreation.html Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:12:38 -0600

Fillmore, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA) Visitor Center will open for the season on Feb. 12, 2015. During the season, LSRA staff will be available 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Self-pay tubes will be available for visitors arriving when the visitor center is closed. ]]> <![CDATA[ Interior Department Releases Final Rule to Support Safe, Responsible Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/interior_department.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/interior_department.html Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:57:06 -0600 Fundamental Standards Address Well Integrity, Water Protection, Disclosure of Chemicals ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Host Rock Art Documentation Workshop (Issued 03/04/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_to_host_rock_art.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_to_host_rock_art.html Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:23:12 -0600

Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office has teamed up with the Utah Rock Art Research Association to offer a site stewardship and rock art documentation workshop. The workshop will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 13-14, 2015 at the Moab BLM Office located at 82 East Dogwood Lane, Moab, Utah.
The canyons surrounding Moab are home to many intriguing rock art sites, providing a physical record of prehistoric and historic occupation. In the last two decades, visitation to the Moab area has grown to over two million visitors per year.  Unfortunately, this increased visitation has brought with it more incidents of graffiti and vandalism. This type of activity robs local community members and future visitors of opportunities to learn about and enjoy our world class rock art resources.  Volunteering as a site steward is a great way to get involved in protecting these irreplaceable pictographs and petroglyphs. 
What does being a site steward entail? Volunteers will work with archeologists to get the necessary training and choose a rock art site in the Moab area to monitor. Site stewards are encouraged to visit assigned archaeological sites twice a year to monitor and report changes. Participants should carry basic field gear including water, first aid kit, notepad, site monitoring report forms, a map, trash bags and gloves. It is recommended that volunteers also have “Leave No Trace” and other educational materials to hand out as appropriate, when contacted by visitors. Oh, and a willingness to have fun!
The training workshop will consist of two days of instruction both in the classroom and the field. Participants will learn how to properly record and photograph rock art sites, and become site stewards for the Moab area rock art sites. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and bring lunch and water. The workshop is also designed to raise awareness and provide education for visitors about appropriate ways to visit and experience these sites and teach respect for our local cultural heritage and natural resources.

No experience is necessary! All are invited to attend. If you are under 16 years old, please bring an adult to attend the workshop with you. Registration is limited to 20 participants, so please register early by contacting Don Montoya at (435)259-2149, dmontoya@blm.gov; or Jared Lundell at (435)259-2137, mlundell@blm.gov. ]]>