<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:06:12 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Southern Utah (Issued 4/21/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/celebrate_the_50th.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/celebrate_the_50th.html Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:06:12 -0600 Put the wild back into your life!

Red Mountain Wilderness, photo by Iris PicatSt. George, Utah—In celebration of the Wilderness Act 50th anniversary, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah St. George Field Office and Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends are hosting a WildernessFest in cooperation with other local partners. Enjoy a free night of festivities on April 25, 2014, and discover all that America’s wilderness has to offer.
 
Mark your calendars for April 25, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. and meet Brad Petersen, Utah’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation, as he kicks-off the event at Confluence Park in LaVerkin, Utah. Prepare for your next outdoor adventure with complimentary wilderness workshops and interactive booths supported by businesses and organizations from surrounding communities. Learn from experts about animal tracking, canyoneering, photography, and survival skills. Enjoy local live music, presented by KTIM Radio, and bring the kids, for a chance to earn a 50th anniversary limited edition Wilderness Explorer Junior Ranger badge.

The benefits of wilderness are well known. Wild places give us pristine areas to travel and camp, hike and fish.  The BLM and its partners recognizes that Utah's wilderness lands provide these benefits as well as a huge variety of other uses and values—from non-motorized and non-mechanized recreation, to critical wildlife habitat, clean water and air, and unmatched opportunities for solitude.
 
For more information about this event and directions to Confluence Park contact Iris Picat at 435-688-3346 or visit http://www.sunclf.com/Wilderness-Fest.         
 

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Approves Maintenance Project for Mexican Mountain Airstrip (Issued 04/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_approves_maintenance.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_approves_maintenance.html Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:29:06 -0600 Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Price Field Office today signed the Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact approving the proposed maintenance project for the Mexican Mountain airstrip in Emery County, Utah. Today’s decision authorizes the Utah Back Country Pilots Association to conduct maintenance work on 450 feet of the airstrip, which is located west of the town of Green River, Utah. 

 
The backcountry airstrip, which is located inside the boundaries of the Mexican Mountain Wilderness Study Area, was originally constructed in 1975 to provide access for an exploratory oil and gas well. Although, oil and gas development in the area did not move forward, the backcountry airstrip has seen continuous use by recreational pilots over the past 39 years and is in need of maintenance due to vegetation overgrowth. 
 
The Utah Back Country Pilots Association will perform maintenance that will restore the airstrip to its original width and 2,000-foot length. The airstrip will be closed for the duration of the work, which is anticipated to be one week to ten days. No motorized access or mechanized equipment is authorized for this maintenance project. Horses will pack in the necessary items and hand tools will be used for all vegetation removal.
 
Use of the Mexican Mountain backcountry airstrip by recreational pilots is authorized in the 2008 Price Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan. 

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comments on Recreational Trails near Cedar City (Issued 04/16/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_seeks_comments.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_seeks_comments.html Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:30:47 -0600 Cedar City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment, (EA) analyzing the proposal to create a sustainable recreational trail network that spans the Hurricane Cliffs from Paragonah to Shurtz Canyon a few miles south of Cedar City.

 
The EA evaluates the proposal and any potential impacts associated with development of the trail network. The proposal was developed through collaboration with federal and local partners, including the Cedar City Trails Committee.  The network would connect the Cedar City Master Trail Plan with lands administered by the BLM.
 
Additional information about the proposed action is included in the EA, which is available for public review and comment until April 30, 2014.  Hard copies of the EA are available for review at the BLM-UT Cedar City Field Office, 176 East D. L. Sargent Drive, Cedar City, Utah.  An electronic copy of the EA can also be found on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at:   https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Cedar City Recreation Trails.”
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until April 30, 2014.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposal.  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 “Cedar City Recreation Trails” when submitting comments.
 
Written comments can be mailed or emailed to the following:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Cedar City Field Office
Attention: Mitch Owens
176 East D. L. Sargent Drive
Cedar City, UT 84720

Email
mowens@blm.gov ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-UT Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Oil Shale Exploration (Issued 4/14/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm-ut_seeks_public.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm-ut_seeks_public.html Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:02:46 -0600 Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing Ambre Energy’s  proposal to explore for oil shale approximately 50 miles south of Vernal, Utah, on Seep Ridge. The proposed exploration project would drill five exploratory holes and disturb less than one acre of land near existing roads in an area covering 11,761 acres. The total drilling time would be no more than 10 days. 

 
Additional project-specific information is available in the EA, which can be found online on the BLM ePlanning Land Use Planning and NEPA Register at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do.
 
From the drop down menus select:  Utah under state; UT-Vernal FO under office; EA under document type; 2014 under fiscal year; and oil shale under program.
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 14, 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 which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Ambre Energy Seep Ridge” when submitting written comments. 
 
Written comments should be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
Attn: Stephanie Howard
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
 
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 project-specific information, please contact Stephanie Howard at (435)781-4469.  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 Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_announces_three.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_announces_three.html Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:50:39 -0600 The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been appointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; Fred T. Woehl, Jr., of Harrison, Arkansas, has been appointed for the category of public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior); and Dr. Robert E. Cope, DVM, of Salmon, Idaho, has been appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Geophysical Exploration Project in San Juan County (Issued 4/10/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_seeks_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_seeks_comment0.html Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:06:36 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of a proposed 3-D seismic exploration project on the northern end of Hatch Point in San Juan County, Utah.

 
The EA evaluates potential impacts associated with the Lion Mesa geophysical survey project proposed by Fidelity Exploration and Production Company. The project covers 50 square miles in San Juan and Grand Counties and would be conducted during fall 2014 and early 2015.
 
Additional information about the proposed project is included in the EA, which is available for public review and comment until May 10, 2014. Hard copies of the EA are available for review at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood, Moab, Utah. An electronic copy of the EA can also be found on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at:   https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Lion Mesa.”
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 10, 2014. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposal. 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 “Lion Mesa” when submitting comments.
 
Written comments can be mailed or emailed to the following:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532
 
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, please contact Rebecca Doolittle 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.
 
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<![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Fuels Reduction Project in Cedar Mountain Area (Issued 4/10/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_seeks_comment.html Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:55:48 -0600 Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Canyon Country Fire Zone and Price Field Office are seeking  comments on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of hazardous fuels reduction on 59,498 acres southeast of Price, Utah in the Cedar Mountain area.
 
The proposed Cedar Mountain Fuels Reduction and Vegetation Restoration project would thin Pinyon-juniper stands in heavily-wooded areas using a variety of treatments, including mechanical shredding, hand thinning and piling, and prescribed burning. Additionally, re-seeding in some areas would support ecosystem health and improve wildlife habitat. Project completion would reduce the potential for a catastrophic wildland fire in the treated area.
 
Additional information about the proposed project is included in the EA, which is available for a 30 day public review and comment until May 15, 2014. An electronic copy of the EA can be found on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at: https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Cedar Mountain.”
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 15, 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 which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Cedar Mountain Fuels Project” when submitting comments.
 
Written comments should be mailed or emailed to:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Canyon Country District Office
Attention:  Fuels
82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
 
Email
 
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 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 project-specific information please call Joshua Relph, BLM Canyon Country Fire Zone Fuels Environmental Planner, at (435)259-2195.  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[ Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/secretary_jewell_releases.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/secretary_jewell_releases.html Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:40:34 -0600 Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Preparing for Easter Weekend at Little Sahara Recreation Area (Issued 4/10/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_preparing_for.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_preparing_for.html Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:32:37 -0600
Fillmore, Utah—Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and partner agencies are preparing for thousands of visitors at Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA) for the first big recreation weekend of the year. LSRA offers a unique off-road opportunity for sand rails, dune buggies, ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. Overnight camping for families and recreational vehicles is available. Maintenance crews are working to restore the potable water supply from annual winterization; it is expected to be flowing by Easter weekend. 

The Little Sahara - Willard R. Fulmer Visitor Center hours are as follows: ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Begin Scoping for Copper Mine Modification (Issued 4-9-14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_to_begin_scoping.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/blm_to_begin_scoping.html Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:39:07 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed  mine plan modification for the Lisbon Valley Copper Mine.  The BLM will be preparing an environmental assessment to analyze potential impacts associated with proposed changes to placement of waste rock at the mine.  The public is invited to provide scoping comments to help the BLM identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis—including alternatives—and guide the process for developing the environmental assessment. ]]>