<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:37:27 -0700 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Authorizes ATV Trail Proposal in San Juan County (Issued 2/27/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_approves_atv_trail.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_approves_atv_trail.html Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:37:27 -0700  Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office has approved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail in the Indian Creek area northwest of Monticello, Utah. The BLM will assume responsibility for construction and maintenance of the trail in collaboration and coordination with San Juan County and partners groups. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Adopts Forest Service Oil and Gas Leasing Analysis for Fishlake National Forest (Issued 2/25/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_adopts_forest.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_adopts_forest.html Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:32:05 -0700

Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah has decided to adopt the final environmental impact statement (EIS) and record of decision prepared by the U. S. Forest Service (Forest Service) for oil and gas leasing on lands administered by the Fishlake National Forest. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Announces Sulphur Wild Horse Gather to Start One Day Sooner Due to Weather Concerns (Issued 2/23/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_announces_sulphur.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_announces_sulphur.html Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:37:49 -0700 Cedar City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office announced last week the gathering and removing of wild horses causing public health and safety concerns along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area (HMA). Due to inclement weather concerns, including high winds, the BLM will be starting gather operations on Feb. 25, 2015.  Members of the public are still welcome to view the daily gather operations once they begin, provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.

 
Gather operations are now scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Escorted tours for interested public will be provided each day of the gather operations. Participants should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station located on Highway 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada Border, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, and be ready to leave promptly at 7:00 a.m. MST. The dates and departure times for public tours are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations.  Please check the gather hotline at (435)865-3030 for changes or updates. Participants must provide their own transportation, water and lunches.  The BLM recommends wearing footwear and clothing suitable for harsh field conditions.  Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also very strongly recommended. 
 
Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low flying aircraft in the area. The BLM requests that pilots avoid flight patterns along Highway 21 and within the Mountain Home area because air-traffic could pose safety risk to helicopters assisting gather operations. These helicopters often change course and altitude quickly. Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.
               
Animals removed from near Highway 21 will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM removed 30 wild horses from the same area on Aug. 1, 2014; 24 of these horses have found new homes with families and trainers and only six remain in the BLM Adoption Program.
 
Gather updates and information will be posted as they become available at: http://blm.gov/h6ld or follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah using #SulphurGather2015.  
 
To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, please visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at http://blm.gov/dxkd.

For additional information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435)743-3128 or lreid@blm.govPersons 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 Wild Horse Fertility Control Plan (Issued 2/20/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:34:19 -0700 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office is seeking comments on the Onaqui Mountain Wild Horse Fertility Control Plan Environmental Assessment (EA).

 
This EA analyzes potential impacts of treating mares on the Onaqui Herd Management Area with the fertility control vaccine Porcine Zona Pullucida through remote darting. The EA describes potential environmental impacts from implementing the proposed project and includes maps of the project area which is located west of Tooele, Utah. 
 
The EA is available for review online at:
https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php, (search for project name “Onaqui”).
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until March 6, 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 “Onaqui Mountain Wild Horse Fertility Control Plan EA” when submitting comments.
 
Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Salt Lake Field Office
Attn: Pam Schuller
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
 
Email
blm_ut_cedarmt_onaqui@blm.gov
 
Fax
(801) 977-4397
 
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 information, please contact Pam Schuller, Environmental Coordinator, at (801)977-4300. 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[ Volunteers Needed for Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (Issued 2/19/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/volunteers_needed.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/volunteers_needed.html Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:25:39 -0700 Vernal and Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management, Utah is asking for volunteers to help conduct the annual Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) this spring in northeastern and central Utah. Field training by RINS personnel will be provided for all volunteers. 

 
RINS offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to become involved as “citizen scientists” in a long-term raptor nest monitoring project. The RINS organization collects and manages vital data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls.
 
Those interested in becoming a volunteer do not need previous experience or scientific credentials. The requirements are that you enjoy Utah’s outdoors and a desire to help these magnificent birds of prey. It is recommended that you own a pair of binoculars, a GPS unit, a digital camera, and have an email address. The time commitment involves two field days per month from March through July, monitoring an assigned area.
 
For more information visit www.rins.org or call, 801-554-0807
Volunteers can also send an email to info@rins.org.

 For local information concerning raptor nesting surveys, please contact Brandon McDonald, Vernal Field Office, at (435)781-4449 or Jared Reese, Price Field Office, at (435)636-3624. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-Utah Quarterly Oil and Gas Lease Sale Results (Issued 2/17/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm-utah_quarterly.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm-utah_quarterly.html Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:40:35 -0700 BLM-Utah Quarterly Oil and Gas Lease Sale Results

 

SALT LAKE CITYThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah received bonus bids totaling $342,277 for 17 parcels covering 12,834 acres at the quarterly oil and gas lease sale held today at the BLM-Utah State Office in Salt Lake City. ]]> <![CDATA[ Public Safety Concerns Prompt BLM to Gather Horses in Southern Utah (Issued 2/13/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/public_safety_concerns.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/public_safety_concerns.html Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:21 -0700 Public welcome to attend daily and observe

 
Cedar City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office will be gathering and removing wild horses causing public health and safety concerns along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area (HMA). Efforts to remove approximately 100 horses are scheduled to begin on Feb. 26, 2015.  Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations once they begin, provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.
 
The Sulphur HMA has an appropriate management level of 250 horses, but the current HMA horse population is approximately 830 animals. This situation has created public health and safety issues for the horses and motorists along Highway 21 near the HMA. Some horses have migrated to the outer most parts of the HMA due to over population and forage limitations and are encroaching on Highway 21. 
 
Beginning Feb. 26, 2015, escorted tours for interested public will be provided each day of the gather operations. Participants should meet at the Border Inn Gas Station located on Highway 6 and 50 on the Utah-Nevada Border, 88.6 miles west of Delta, Utah, and be ready to leave promptly at 7:00 a.m. MST. The dates and departure times for public tours are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations.  Please check the gather hotline at (435)865-3030 for changes or updates. Participants must provide their own transportation, water and lunches.  The BLM recommends wearing footwear and clothing suitable for harsh field conditions.  Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also very strongly recommended. 
 
Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low flying aircraft in the area. The BLM requests that pilots avoid flight patterns along Highway 21 and within the Mountain Home area because air-traffic could pose safety risk to helicopters assisting gather operations. These helicopters often change course and altitude quickly. Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.
               
Animals removed from near Highway 21 will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM removed 30 wild horses from the same area on Aug. 1, 2014; 24 of these horses have found new homes with families and trainers and only six remain in the BLM Adoption Program.
 
Gather updates and information will be posted as they become available at: http://blm.gov/h6ld or follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah using #SulphurGather2015 
 
To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, please visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at http://blm.gov/dxkd.
 
For additional information on participating in public observation days, please contact Lisa Reid, Public Affairs Specialist, at (435)743-3128 or lreid@blm.gov. 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.

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Charge Overnight Camping Fee at Swaseys Campground (Issued 2/13/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_to_charge_overnight.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_to_charge_overnight.html Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:41:31 -0700 Price, Utah—Beginning Feb. 26, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office will charge a $10 overnight camping fee at Swasey’s Campground.  Operational costs, including cleaning and waste disposal, continue to rise and this fee will help offset those costs. The fees will be used for new facilites as well as site maintenance and upgrades while providing a more safe and enjoyable experience. 

 
A self-pay fee station will be located at the campground entrance and a camp host will assist visitors during peak weekends and holidays.  Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis; campsites cannot be reserved in advance. 
 
The business plan for this facility, which includes information regarding campground infrastructure and maintenance needs, is available for review online at:  https://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html. 
 
This fee was approved Jan. 10, 2014, by the Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Council.
 
For more information on Swaseys Campground, contact Matt Blocker (435)636-3631. 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.

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Posts Proposed Parcel List for May 2015 Lease Sale (Issued 2/13/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_posts_proposed.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_posts_proposed.html Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:41:58 -0700

  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Utah to Offer 12,834 Acres at Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Issued 2/12/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_utah_to_offer.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/blm_utah_to_offer.html Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:10:24 -0700

SALT LAKE CITY—On Feb. 17, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah will offer 17 parcels covering 12,834 acres in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale. After thorough review and consideration, the BLM Utah decided to defer 42,263 acres from the sale to provide additional time to address concerns including cultural resources and to minimize encumbrances that could potentially affect Congressman Bishop's Public Lands Initiative. ]]>