<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:50:21 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![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. ]]> <![CDATA[ Secretary Jewell Issues Strategy to Protect, Restore Sagebrush Lands for 2015 Fire Season ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/secretary_jewell_issues.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/secretary_jewell_issues.html Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:06:05 -0600 Report advances work with Federal, state, Tribal and non-government partners to protect economic activity and wildlife habitat vital to the Western way of life ]]> <![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:
Bureau of Land Management
Salt Lake Field Office
Attn: Pam Schuller
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(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. ]]>