<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:02:05 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ Rangeland Restoration Projects Planned for Kane and Garfield Counties (Issued 9/19/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/rangeland_restoration.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/rangeland_restoration.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:02:05 -0600 KANAB, UTAH—Beginning Oct. 6, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Utah, Color Country District, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, in conjunction with Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, will begin three vegetation improvement projects on public and state lands in Kane and Garfield Counties.  The project areas include: 1,776 acres north of Kanab, along the Hancock Road; 1,971 acres located two miles north of Hatch; and 1,226 acres in Upper Kanab Creek, near Johnson Canyon and Bald Knoll.
 
State and federal land managers collaborated on project design, with objectives to improve watershed conditions, increase mule deer and sage grouse habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels for community wildfire protection.  Identified areas will receive aerial seeding with a mix of native grasses and forbs, followed by removal of pinyon and juniper and some shrub understory.  All projects are scheduled to be completed by March 1, 2015.
 
“These projects are being supported and funded by a variety of private, state, and federal cooperators, including Mule Deer Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Safari Club International, Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources,” said BLM Natural Resource Specialist Shawn Peterson.  “Coordinating resources helps us treat multiple acres and maximizes rangeland health benefits, which may not be realized without our partners.”

While the projects are in progress, please adhere to safety signs surrounding the treatment area. For more information or to add an email address to our contact list, contact Nick Howell at (435)865-3026 or Paul Briggs at (435)865-3002. 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[ National Public Lands Day Trail Race in Kane County (Issued 9/19/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/national_public_lands.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/national_public_lands.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:49:04 -0600 KANAB, UTAH—On Sept. 27, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Utah, Kanab Field Office (KFO) and Kane County officials will host National Public Lands Day (NPLD) trail hike/ run event. Participants can register to hike or run a 5k or 10k course on public trails near Kanab.

 
Kanab is becoming a premier trail-running destination, attracting events like the Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon. “Encouraging local youth to get out on public lands and discover our amazing trail system this NPLD is my goal,” said Harry Barber, KFO Manager.
 
Registration will take place at Jacob Hamblin Park at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. Following the race, participants will be treated to a luncheon provided by a partnership with the local BLM office, Kane County, and Grand to Grand officials. Grand to Grand competitors will join NPLD participants and community members at the luncheon, offering an opportunity to mingle with high-endurance athletes.   

For more event information, contact Clay Stewart, BLM recreation planner at 435-644-1280. 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 Comment on Environmental Assessment for February 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Issued 9/19/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_seeks_comment.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:20:45 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Canyon Country District is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer 58 parcels covering 61,977 acres in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices at the February 2015 oil and gas lease sale. The EA analyzed 76 parcels covering 80,515 acres.

 
Additional information about the proposed 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 EA can be obtained in person at the BLM-Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101, the Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah, 84532 or the Monticello Field Office, 365 North Main Street, Monticello, Utah, 84535.
 
The public review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2014. 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 “February 2015 Oil and Gas Lease Sale” when submitting comments. 

Written comments should be mailed or emailed to: 
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management, Monticello Field Office
Attn: Cliff Giffen
P.O. Box 7
Monticello, UT 84535
 
Email
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay 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 further sale-specific information, contact Justin Abernathy at (801)539-4067. 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.
 
To learn more about BLM-Utah oil and gas lease sales visit: 

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/energy/oil_and_gas/oil_and_gas_lease.html.

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Removes Dinosaur Tracks to Protect from Vandals (Issued 9/16/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_removes_dinosaur.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_removes_dinosaur.html Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:31:05 -0600 Moab, Utah—In response to recent vandalism, Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office staff have removed two dinosaur tracks from public lands to prevent further damage to the tracks. One track was found near the Poison Spider Dinosaur Track Site and the other near the Hells Revenge Jeep Trail.  

 
The BLM asks members of the public who find dinosaur bones, tracks, or traces, to leave them in place and contact the local BLM office or museum.  Once a fossil is removed from its original context without proper documentation, valuable data is lost, so knowing where a fossil is found in the rock or surrounding landscape is very important to paleontologists.
 
Fossil track sites and dinosaur bones found on public lands are protected under federal law, and it is illegal to collect them without a permit.  Illegal collection of fossils can result in criminal and civil penalties.  Please report vandalism or natural damage to paleontological resources, including the making of casts, replicas, or illegal digging, to the local BLM Office.
 
Members of the public are encouraged to help protect these significant resources by volunteering with the BLM as a paleontological site steward. Site stewards monitor assigned areas for vandalism, looting, and natural impacts such as erosion and then report on current conditions to BLM staff. Site stewards also assist with community education efforts. 
 
For additional information on the site stewardship program, or to report finds of damage to, or vandalism to paleontological resources, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM Canyon Country District Paleontologist at 435-259-2100. 
 

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. ]]> <![CDATA[ National Public Lands Day Service Project in Iron County (Issued 9/12/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/ccfo-npld14.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/ccfo-npld14.html Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:25:15 -0600 Help Build Trails at Three Peaks Recreation Area

 
Cedar City, Utah— On September 27, the Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office will partner with the Dixie National Forest and Southern Utah University (SUU) to host National Public Lands Day at Three Peaks Recreation Area.  Volunteers are asked to meet at the Large Group Campground at 8:30 a.m. for a brief welcome and registration.
 
Special this year, volunteers will be greeted with a pancake breakfast offered by the SUU Community Engagement Center.  Then promptly at 9:30 a.m., the service project will begin with construction of new mountain bike trails.  By participating, volunteers are taking part in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. 
 
“After every National Public Lands Day, I am impressed by the quality of work that is performed,” said Dave Jacobson, BLM recreation planner.  “In addition to the service project, we’ve planned some fun interactive activities and to show our gratitude to the amazing people who participate, we are also giving away fee-free day passes.”  These passes offer free entry or a waiver of the standard amenity fee at federally managed recreation areas, parks, refuges, and rangelands.
 
Volunteers must come prepared with sturdy shoes and clothes, gloves, sun protection, and plenty of water.  For additional information or to pre-register groups, contact Yanavey McCloskey at 435-865-3032 or visit:  http://blm.gov/b1ld.
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<![CDATA[ Ahmed Mohsen Selected as BLM's Price Field Office Manager (Issued 9/11/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/ahmed_mohsen_selected.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/ahmed_mohsen_selected.html Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:33:50 -0600 Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management’s Acting Green River Utah District Manager Mike Stiewig today announced the selection of Ahmed Mohsen as the new BLM Price Field Office Manager. Mohsen has been acting in the position since the spring of this year. 
 
“Ahmed is an excellent addition to the BLM Utah Leadership Team, one who brings a wealth of public land management experience to the position,” said Stiewig. “He is a proven performer with outstanding collaboration and partnering skills, and is the perfect choice to continue the Price Field Office's excellent record of public service.”
 
Mohsen started his Federal career in 1986 after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in geology and geophysics.  He began at BLM’s Battle Mountain District Office, where he oversaw the largest gold and silver mines in the lower 48 states. Seven years later he became the Planning and Environmental Coordinator for the California Desert District.
 
In 2006, after five years with the Forest Service, Mohsen launched his own consulting company and helped initiate wind and geothermal energy projects on public and private lands.  In 2012, his passion for public land management led him back to BLM as the Price Field Office’s Environmental Coordinator and later the Associate Field Manager.

Mohsen likes to play soccer, talk politics, analyze history, drink tea, and play the guitar. He has three children who live in southern California.   ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Authorizes Issuance of Permits for the San Juan ATV Safari (Issued 9/8/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_authorizes_issuance.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_authorizes_issuance.html Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:31:08 -0600   ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Installs New Interpretive Signs at Moccasin Mountain Track Site (Issued 9/4/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/moccasin_mtn_tracksite.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/moccasin_mtn_tracksite.html Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:22:10 -0600

Kanab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management-Utah Kanab Field Office recently installed three new interpretive panels at the Moccasin Mountain C near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.  These signs guide visitors through the site, which is one of the most diversified concentrations of prehistoric animal footprints in North America—right in Kanab’s back yard! ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Input on Recreation Management in Nine Mile Canyon (Issued 09/03/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_seeks_public_input.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/blm_seeks_public_input.html Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:50 -0600 Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Price Field Office is seeking public comment on management in the Nine Mile Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA).  The Nine Mile Canyon SRMA, managed by the Price and Vernal Field Offices, is internationally significant for its concentration of archaeological sites and extensive rock art, and the BLM-Utah is inviting the public to provide input into the management of this unique area.

 
Interested members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas or to raise issues of concern, which will then be used to develop an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Nine Mile Canyon SRMA.  The EA will identify and analyze implementation of management decisions made in the 2008 Price and Vernal Resource Management Plans and will aid in the development of a recreation area management plan for Nine Mile Canyon that will guide the management of interpretation, stewardship and recreation in the area.
 
During this public scoping period, which ends Oct. 3, 2014, the BLM-Utah invites the public to provide input on substantive issues and concerns relating to management of the Nine Mile Canyon SRMA.  The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence development of the EA.  The most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.
 
An electronic copy of the public scoping document is available for review at:  http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price.html.  Hard copies are also available for review at the BLM-Utah Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah.   
 
Written comments will be accepted through Oct. 3, 2014.  Please reference “Nine Mile Canyon SRMA” when submitting comments.  Written comments may be submitted via the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at: https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “Nine Mile Canyon SRMA”).  Comments may also be submitted by mail using the following address:  
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Price Field Office
Attn:  Ahmed Mohsen
125 South 600 West
Price, Utah 84501 
 
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 Ahmed Mohsen at (435)636-3637.  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.
 
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<![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Amended San Juan River Business Plan (Issued 8/27/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_seeks_public_comment1.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_seeks_public_comment1.html Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:54:33 -0600 Monticello, Utah— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an Amended Business Plan for the San Juan River.  The addendum proposes moving the San Juan River non-commercial boating permit lottery and reservation system to www.recreation.gov to improve customer service and permitting efficiency.  Each year, more than 11,000 visitors take river trips in San Juan County, where BLM management of public lands and waters supports jobs and boosts the local economy. 
 
Since approval of the initial business plan in November 2013, the BLM has determined that www.recreation.gov is the best online service for San Juan River reservations.  The addendum in the Amended Business Plan for the San Juan River details and analyzes the proposed move to Recreation.gov and associated changes to business rules, including fee payment timelines, refund policy, and fee collection. 
 
An electronic copy of the Amended Business Plan for the San Juan River is available for public review and comment on the Monticello Field Office website at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello.html. Copies can also be viewed at the BLM Monticello Field Office, 365 N. Main Street, Monticello, Utah.   
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email through Sept. 29, 2014.  Please reference “Amended San Juan Business Plan” when submitting comments.  Please limit comments to the Addendum (Section J) as the rest of the business plan was recently approved following a public comment period.  Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Monticello Field Office
Attn: Amended San Juan Business Plan
P.O. Box 7
Monticello, Utah  84535
 
Email
 
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.  The BLM will not consider anonymous comments.  All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

 For additional information regarding the proposal, contact Donald Hoffheins 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. ]]>