<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:19 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Prescribed Fire Planned Near Scipio, Utah (Issued 10/23/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_prescribed_fire.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_prescribed_fire.html Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:19 -0600 Fillmore, Utah West Desert District fire personnel plan to implement a prescribed fire in the Valley Mountains at the end of October or early November, if weather and burning conditions allow. The Little Valley Prescribed Fire is located 8 miles south and east of Scipio, Utah.  The treatment area is 658 acres, comprised of seven units, and is expected to take several days to complete. The smoke from this fire will be very visible to travelers on the Interstate 15 corridor the BLM is coordinating with Utah Department of Transportation and will have signs to inform the public.

The Little Valley Prescribed Fire is one of several vegetation treatments that the BLM is implementing to reduce the threat of wildfire to adjacent private and state lands, within the Valley Mountain Project 26,500 acre area.  In 2013, the juniper and pinyon trees were cut creating the slash that will be burned this fall. This burn will reduce hazardous fuels near Scipio, help to restore a fire-adaptive ecosystem, at the same time improving wildlife habitat and rangeland conditions. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Preparing Little Sahara Recreation Area Water System for Winter (Issued 10/20/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_preparing_little.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_preparing_little.html Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:12:02 -0600

Fillmore, Utah—On Oct. 23, 2014, theBureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah will shut off portions of the water system for the Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA) to prevent pipe breakage and other damage during the winter months. The BLM will shut off water to the RV flush/dump station, the White Sands Campground, and all of the flush restrooms. The vault toilets will remain open throughout the winter in all of the campgrounds. The flush/dump station will remain open during the winter, but no water will be available after Oct. 23, 2014.
 
For visitor convenience, the BLM-Utah Fillmore Field Office installed a new water system at the Oasis and Jericho Campgrounds and a new fill station at Sand Mountain. This new water system ensures that visitors will have water at these campgrounds throughout the year.
 
2014 annual permits for LSRA are still available. Annual permits are good for 12 months from the date of purchase, and the cost of the first vehicle permit is $120. The second vehicle permit costs only $65. Minimal use permits, which expire at dusk on the second day, are also available for $18. Senior citizens receive a 50 percent discount on all LSRA fees. Permits may be purchased at the LSRA Visitor Center (business hours listed below) and at the BLM-Utah Fillmore Field Office and BLM-Utah Salt Lake Field Office, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gift certificates are also available. 

Fillmore Field Office
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, Utah 84631
(435) 743-3100 ]]> <![CDATA[ Trick or Treat at the Haunted Tracksite (Issued 10/17/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/trick-treat_moccasin-mtn.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/trick-treat_moccasin-mtn.html Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:51:26 -0600 BLM to Host Halloween Activities at Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Tracksite

 
Kanab, Utah— Join the Bureau of Land Management-Utah Kanab Field Office and partners on Oct. 25, 2014, for the annual Trick or Treat at the Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Tracksite event. Take family and friends on a Halloween adventure through one of the most diversified concentrations of prehistoric animal footprints in North America—right in Kanab’s backyard.
 
Come prepared for monster races, a spooky scavenger hunt, a costume contest, and trick or treat fun.  This event also offers interactive learning stations. “Adding an element of play on public lands, coupled with some educational activities, builds youthful excitement for the sciences,” said Lisa Church, BLM Wildlife Biologist. “The fall season is also a great time to experience the Moccasin Mountain Dinosaur Tracksite.”
 
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Kanab Field Office, 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, UT.  Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended to get to the tracksite. For more information contact Lisa Church at 435-644-1200 or lchurch@blm.gov
]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposed Special Recreation Permit for Guided Group Handcart Trekking and Hiking (Issued 10/8/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_seeks_public_input1.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_seeks_public_input1.html Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:18:54 -0600 Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field
Office is seeking public input on a proposal to issue a multi-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to the Hole in the Rock (HIR) Foundation. The proposed permit would authorize guided group handcart trekking and hiking on three routes associated with the Hole in the Rock Trail in San Juan County, Utah. 
 
The proposed activities are intended to be experiential learning opportunities for up to 250 participants at a time and are focused on historical events of the 1879-80 Hole in the Rock Expedition. Most of the proposed use would occur annually between June 1 and Aug. 31.
 
Additional information, including proposed group size and routes is available on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at:  https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “Hole in the Rock Foundation Trekking”).
 
Interested members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas or raise issues of concern, which will then be used to develop an Environmental Assessment (EA), develop alternatives, and guide the planning process. Written comments will be accepted by letter or email through Nov. 7, 2014. Please reference “Hole in the Rock Foundation Trekking” when submitting comments. Comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Monticello Field Office
Attn: Hole in the Rock Foundation Trekking
P.O. Box 7
Monticello, Utah 84535
 
Email
BLM_UT_MT_Comments@blm.gov

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. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Input on Wilderness Therapy Proposal (Issued 10/8/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_seeks_public_input0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_seeks_public_input0.html Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:01:30 -0600 Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to issue a multi-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct wilderness therapy on public lands in eastern San Juan County.


Open Sky Wilderness Therapy proposes using 28 existing campsites, 14 new campsites, two activity areas, and various water/wood drop-off locations across a 144-square-mile area east of Highway 191 and south of Highway 491.  Open Sky anticipates approximately 600 visitors and 6,000 visitor days per season.  Seasonal use of public lands would occur Oct. 1 through May 31.

The proposal is available for public review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at:  https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “Open Sky Wilderness Therapy SRP”).  

The purpose of the public scoping period is to identify relevant issues that could influence the environmental analysis—including development of alternatives—and guide the planning process. 

Written comments will be accepted by letter or email through Nov. 7, 2014. Please reference “Open Sky Wilderness Therapy” when submitting comments. Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Monticello Field Office
Attn: Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
P.O. Box 7
Monticello, Utah 84535
 
Email
BLM_UT_MT_Comments@blm.gov
 
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.

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Hold Competitive Land Sale in Southwestern Utah (Issued 10/6/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_to_hold_competitive.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_to_hold_competitive.html Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:16:29 -0600 St. George, Utah—On Oct. 29, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a competitive auction for six public land parcels—totaling approximately 191 acres—in Washington County, Utah. The parcels are identified for disposal in the St. George Field Office Resource Management Plan (1999) and Record of Plan Maintenance (2007).

 
Auction proceedings will begin at 1 p.m. at the St. George Field Office, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790.  Opening bids will start at the appraised value for each parcel. Bidding instructions, parcel maps, appraised values and the environmental assessment analyzing potential impacts are available online at:  http://blm.gov/hdld.
 
Proceeds generated from this lands sale could assist with future acquisitions of private inholdings within wilderness areas and National Conservation Areas in Washington County.

For additional sale-specific information, contact Teresa Burke at (435)688-3326. 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[ BLM Seeks Comment on Draft Business Plan for Henry Mountains (Issued 10/3/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_seeks_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_seeks_comment0.html Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:05:00 -0600 Hanksville, Utah—On Oct. 11, 2014,the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Henry Mountains Field Station will begin accepting public comment on a Draft Business Plan to modify camping fees at three campgrounds located on the Henry Mountains. 

 
The draft plan proposes to modify fee rates at the Starr Spring, Lonesome Beaver, and McMillan Spring campgrounds.  Collected fees would be used to operate, maintain, and improve recreation facilities.  The current fee for sites at each of the three campgrounds is $4.00 per night. Starr Spring’s current group site rate is $12.00 per night.
 
The proposed Business Plan, identifying three fee-modification options, is available for review at:  http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/richfield.html and at the BLM-Utah Richfield Field Office, 150 East 900 North, Richfield, UT 84701 or Henry Mountains Field Station, 380 South 100 West, Hanksville, UT 84734.
 
Written comments on the Richfield Field Office Draft Business Plan will be accepted through Nov. 10, 2014.  Please reference “Business Plan” when submitting comments. Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Attn: Myron Jeffs
PO Box 99
Hanksville, Utah 84734
 
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 on the proposed project, please contact Myron Jeffs at (435)542-3461. 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 Hosts Open House at Parowan Gap (Issued 10/3/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_hosts_open_house.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_hosts_open_house.html Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:00:05 -0600 Cedar City, Utah—On Oct. 14, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office invites the public to attend an open house at the Parowan Gap. The public open house celebrates completion of recent site improvements.  Beginning at 5 p.m., the event will feature a blessing ceremony by the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and light refreshments provided by Iron County Tourism Bureau. 

 
Attendees can tour the improved facilities, including interpretive panels, non-motorized trails, shade structure, restroom, public parking and a convenient vehicle turnaround area.  These new visitor-friendly facilities enhance the visitor experience with improved access to the Parowan Gap and better protection of natural resources in the area.
 
Throughout the planning and construction phase of this site improvement project, the BLM coordinated with local partners.  “Partnering with local organizations, especially the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, ensures that we provide improvements that enhance public access while showing reverence for this amazing location” said Dave Jacobson, BLM recreation planner.  

For additional information, contact Dave Jacobson at (435)865-3010 or visit http://blm.gov/b1ld. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message for Dave.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours. ]]> <![CDATA[ Mechanical Vegetation Improvement Projects Beginning in Beaver County (Issued 10/3/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/mechanical_vegetation.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/mechanical_vegetation.html Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:54:19 -0600 BEAVER, UTAH—On Oct. 12, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah, Color Country District and the State of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, will partner with Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative to begin three vegetation improvement projects on public lands in Beaver County.  The project areas include 2,500 acres south of Beaver on the Greenville Bench; 1,500 acres in the Buckskin Valley south of Highway 20; and 3,800 acres northeast of Beaver near Pine Creek.

 
Interagency land managers collaborated to design restoration projects that would improve watershed conditions; increase mule deer and sage grouse habitat; and reduce hazardous fuels to help prevent wildfires.  The project areas will be aerially seeded with a mix of grasses and forbs followed by removal of pinyon and juniper and some shrub understory.  All three projects are expected to be completed by Feb. 1, 2015.
 
“Coordinating resources through Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative helps us treat multiple acres and maximizes rangeland health benefits,” said BLM Natural Resource Specialist Melanie Mendenhall. “These projects are funded by a consortium of private, state, and federal cooperators, including Mule Deer Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources”

While the projects are in progress, please adhere to safety signs near the treatment areas. For more information, 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[ BLM Issues Decisions on Gas Gathering Line Project in Southeastern Utah (Issued 10/2/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_issues_decisions.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_issues_decisions.html Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:21:13 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office has issued decisions on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing potential impacts associated with the Dead Horse Lateral natural gas gathering line project and amended right-of-way. 

 
The decisions clarify the plan of development and approve a gas gathering line project that will reduce flaring and air quality impacts by delivering gas from the Big Flat area to the Dead Horse Lateral Pipeline. The gathering line project will also tie in up to 19 well pads near State Highway 313 in Grand County, Utah. The decisions, Finding of No Significant Impact, and the EA are available on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at: 
https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Gathering Line.”
 

For additional information, please contact Lisa Bryant 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. ]]>