<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:56:54 -0700 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Extends Public Comment Period for Solar/Wind Competitive Leasing Proposed Rule and Announces Webinar (Issued 11/20/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_extends_public.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_extends_public.html Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:56:54 -0700 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period for the proposed rule that would promote the use of "designated leasing areas" that include the Bureau of Land Management’s Solar Energy Zones. The proposed rule would establish competitive processes, terms, and conditions (including rental and bonding requirements) for solar and wind energy development right-of-ways both inside and outside the designated leasing areas, and would provide incentives for leases in designated leasing areas. The proposed rule also includes some minor provisions regarding electric transmission and pipeline rights-of-way.
The proposed rule was initially published on September 30, 2014 (http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/nr_09_25_2014.html) with a 60-day comment period closing on December 1, 2014.  The BLM is extending the comment period for 15 days beyond the end of the initial comment period. As a result of this extension, the comment period will close on December 16, 2014.

The BLM will host a webinar for interested parties on Wednesday, December 3, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST to discuss the competitive leasing proposed rule and answer any questions. The dial-in number for the webinar is: 1-888-324-4391; Passcode 7595414. The address for the webinar is: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/blmleasing/. For more information regarding the webinar, please contact Jayme Lopez by telephone at 202-912-7547, or by email at j06lopez@blm.gov. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Right-of-Way for Indian Creek ATV Trail (Issued 11/19/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_public_comment2.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_public_comment2.html Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:35:08 -0700 Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing an application submitted by San Juan County for a right-of-way (ROW) for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail in the Indian Creek area.

San Juan County requested a ROW that would allow for construction, maintenance, and use of an ATV trail that could connect ATV use on designated routes in the Lockhart Basin to designated routes in the Bridger Jack Mesa areas.  The County’s proposal calls for an ATV trail that would have a tread width of approximately five feet.  The proposed ROW would have an overall width of 10 feet to allow for meeting and passing of vehicles and would also allow for maintenance work and placement of signs and barriers within the ROW. The ATV route alternatives analyze trail alignments from approximately 5.2 miles to 6.4 miles in length. Two parking areas would be constructed. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Grazing EIS Preliminary Draft Alternatives (Issued 11/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_comment.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:59:44 -0700 Kanab, Utah— The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the preliminary draft alternatives for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Livestock Grazing Monument Management Plan Amendment and Associated Environmental Impact Statement (MMP-A/EIS). Comments will be considered as the BLM develops the draft MMP-A/EIS that will replace existing grazing management decisions.

The public is invited to meet with GSENM staff, learn more about the preliminary draft alternatives, and provide written comments during three public open houses December 2 – 4, 2014. All meetings will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The December 2 meeting is at the Utah State Capitol Building, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City; the December 3 meeting takes place in Kanab at the Kane County Search and Rescue Facility located beside the airport on South Highway 89A; and the December 4 meeting is being held at the Interagency Visitor Center at 755 West Main Street in Escalante, Utah. ]]> <![CDATA[ Second Call for Nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Issued 11/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/second_call_for_nominations.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/second_call_for_nominations.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:37:08 -0700

The Bureau of Land Management today announced a second call for public nominations over a 30-day period to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  To be considered for appointment, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 18, 2014, or postmarked by the same date. The BLM announced its second formal request for nominations in today’s Federal Register (November 18) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-18/pdf/2014-27273.pdf  . ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-Utah Quarterly Oil and Gas Lease Sale Results (Issued 11/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm-utah_quarterly.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm-utah_quarterly.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:09:34 -0700

SALT LAKE CITYThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah received bonus bids totaling $4,876,823 for 64 parcels covering 64,701 acres at the quarterly oil and gas lease sale held today at the BLM-Utah State Office in Salt Lake City. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Hosts Public Open House: New Mountain Bike Trail System Near Cedar City (Issued 11/17/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_hosts_public_open.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_hosts_public_open.html Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:05:00 -0700 Cedar City, Utah—Join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Utah Cedar City Field Office on Nov. 20 for an open house to provide input on implementation and construction of an approved mountain bike trail system that will be located on public land east of Cedar City. The open house will take place at the Southern Utah University Cedar Breaks room 141 in the Sharwan Smith Student Center, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The new trail system, designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, will extend from Fiddlers Canyon to the Shurtz Canyon area. The system will include over 100 miles of mountain bike trail, and provide opportunities for all riding abilities on sustainable routes. “The purpose of this open house is to get public input—we want comments about the trail design and features,” said Dave Jacobson, BLM recreation planner. “You can even suggest a name for the new trail system.”
Comments about trail implementation can be submitted to Dave Jacobson at djacobso@blm.gov. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2014.
The environmental assessment for this trail system is available at: http://blm.gov/b1ld. For additional project-specific information, please contact Dave Jacobson at (435)865-3010. 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 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 February 2015 Lease Sale (Issued 11/14/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_posts_proposed.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_posts_proposed.html Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:14:55 -0700 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Canyon Country District Office today posted the list of parcels proposed for auction at the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Feb. 17, 2015 in Salt Lake City.  Posting initiates a 30-day public protest period.

The list includes 53 proposed parcels covering 55,097 acres in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices. The Moab Field Office contains 24 parcels covering 29,247 acres; the Monticello Field Office has 29 parcels covering 25,850 acres. All 53 parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plans for the Moab and Monticello Field Offices. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Draft Business Plan for Salt Lake Field Office (Issued 11/10/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:38:56 -0700 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office is now accepting public comment on a draft business plan that proposes to increase camping fees at three campgrounds located in Tooele and Rich Counties.

Currently, overnight use fees are $5 per site at Simpson Springs; $6 per site at Clover Spring; $20 per night for the Clover Spring group site; and Little Creek is free. Camping fees have remained the same since 2005. To help offset increased operating costs, the BLM proposes to raise overnight fees as follows:  $15 per site at Simpson Springs; $12 per site at Clover Spring; and $12 per site at Little Creek. New group site fees at Simpson Springs and Little Creek would be set at $60 per night. The group site fee at Clover Springs would be raised to $45 per night.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Council Meeting and Conference Call (Issued 11/6/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm-utah_recreation.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm-utah_recreation.html Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:17:19 -0700 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Recreation Resource Advisory Council (RecRAC) will host a meeting and conference call on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, from 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Agenda topics include the Amended Business Plan for the San Juan River (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), and the Draft Business Plan for Recreation Use Permits in the BLM-Richfield Field Office (proposes to modify camping fees at Starr Spring, McMillan Spring, and Lonesome Beaver Campgrounds).
Those attending in person must meet at the BLM-Utah State Office, Monument A Conference Room, 440 West 200 South, Fifth Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. If you wish to listen to the teleconference, orally present material during the teleconference, or submit written material for the RecRAC to consider during the teleconference, please notify Sherry Foot, Special Programs Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; phone (801) 539-4195; or, sfoot@blm.gov no later than Friday, Nov. 21.  A half-hour public comment period will take place from 10:30–11:00 a.m.
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.
All meetings are open to the public; however, transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participating public.
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<![CDATA[ BLM Issues Rapid Ecoregional Assessments for the Northwestern Plains and Middle Rockies (Issued 11/6/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_issues_rapid_ecoregional.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_issues_rapid_ecoregional.html Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:52:26 -0700 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Northern Great Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA), which summarizes ecological conditions of the Northern Basin and Range and Snake River Plain Ecoregions. The Northern Great Basin REA spans portions of Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California and Utah. This REA has an area of 75,708 square miles and includes land managed by 24 BLM field offices. 
REAs use existing scientific information to identify resource conditions and trends within an ecoregion, which transcends traditional administrative boundaries. This large-scale approach can help land managers and stakeholders assess current resource conditions at an ecoregional scale. The REAs provide science-based information and tools for land managers and stakeholders to consider in subsequent resource planning and decision-making processes, such as resource management plans and environmental impact statements.
The REAs themselves do not contain findings and recommendations, nor do they make management decisions or allocate resource uses.  The information, maps and tools provided by the REAs will inform restoration strategies and strengthen BLM’s analyses of the projected and cumulative effects of various management alternatives to be developed in the future.
REAs are prepared in cooperation with other federal and state land management agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of the Interior’s lead science agency. These REAs integrate interagency and public data, creating a broad assessment of ecological conditions, trends and risks on public lands managed by the BLM in these areas. They identify important habitats for fish, wildlife and other species of concern.  For example, REAs help identify areas that are less ecologically intact or readily restorable, and where development activities may be directed to minimize potential environmental impacts. REAs also gauge the potential of these habitats to be affected by four overarching environmental change agents:  climate change, wildfires, invasive species, and urban and energy development.  In contrast to more traditional BLM assessments, REAs do not assess the conditions of specific areas at a fine scale, such as individual grazing allotments, nor do they describe desired future conditions.
The BLM works at all levels of the agency and with its many partners who participated in developing these REAs to ensure that this information is used as the BLM develops management strategies to deal with broad-scale issues. The BLM is aware that other groups, such as the Western Governors’ Association, are working on similar broad-scale assessments and encourages users of the REAs to consider the results of these other assessments as well.

The Northern Great Basin REA is available on line at: http://blm.gov/21kdFor more information on these assessments, please contact Bruce Sillitoe at the BLM Salt Lake Field Office:  (801)977-4342 or bsillitoe@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.

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