<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:54:33 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![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. ]]> <![CDATA[ Rangeland Restoration Planned for West of Cedar City (Issued 8/26/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/restoration_cedarcity.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/restoration_cedarcity.html Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:47:10 -0600 CEDAR CITY, UTAH—Beginning September 1, 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 a 2,000-acre vegetation improvement project on public and selected private lands located west of Cedar City, east of the Swett Hills, and north of Highway 56.

 
The project will improve watershed conditions, increase mule deer habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels for community wildfire protection. The project will consist of aerial seeding desired grasses and forbs, followed by removal of pinyon and juniper and some shrub understory. The project is scheduled to be completed December 2014.
 
“This project is being supported and funded by a variety of private, state, and federal cooperators, including Mule Deer Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife,” said BLM Natural Resource Specialist Vicki Tyler. “Coordinating resources helps us to achieve multiple benefits, which may not be realized without our partners.
 
While the project is active, please adhere to safety signs surrounding the treatment area. For more information and/or to add your email address to our local information contact list, please contact Nick Howell at (435)865-3026 or Paul Briggs at (435)865-3002.
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<![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Restricting Roped Activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges (Issued 8/25/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:02:16 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah, Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed two-year restriction on roped activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges. Roped activities include ziplining, highlining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling, and rope swinging. 
 
The temporary restriction is proposed in response to public comments indicating that roped activities at these locations may interfere with the experiences of other recreationists in the area. Both Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges are located at the end of very popular hiking trails and are iconic destinations for visitors to the Moab area, each receiving more than 40,000 visitors annually. The Corona Arch is also located within a Hiking Focus Area on a parcel of land acquired by the BLM from the State of Utah in the May 2014 Recreational Land Exchange.
 
The EA is available for review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin (ENBB) at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Corona.” Comments on the EA should be as specific as possible. 
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email through Sept. 25, 2014.   Please reference “Corona” when submitting comments. 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. Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
Attn: Katie Stevens
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532  
 
Email
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable 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.  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 restriction-specific information, contact Beth Ransel 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[ Signing Ceremony for New Beaver County Electric Transmission Line (Issued 8/22/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/cam2mil-line.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/cam2mil-line.html Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:52:48 -0600 Milford, Utah— On Aug. 25, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Cedar City Field Office, along with Beaver County and Rocky Mountain Power, will host a signing ceremony for the new Cameron to Milford energy transmission line. The event will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at the Milford City Office, 26 South 100 West, Milford, Utah.

 
Signing the documents will be Juan Palma, Bureau of Land Management State Director, and Richard Walje, President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power, authorizing construction of the Cameron to Milford 138,000-volt Transmission Line on public lands in Beaver County. The single-circuit overhead transmission line, about 25 miles long, will be located between existing substations in Cameron and Milford. The line will increase electric power capacity and enhance service reliability to the Beaver County area. Currently, residents and businesses rely exclusively on a single 46,000-volt transmission system that lacks the capacity to meet growing demand for electricity in the area. The new line will also provide a back-up transmission line in the event of a disruption on the first line.  
 
An Environmental Assessment analyzing impacts of the transmission line is available at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/cedar_city.html.
 
For additional information, please contact Brandon Johnson at (435)865-3081. 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.
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<![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Behind the Rocks Grazing Allotment Permit Renewal (Issued 8/18/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_seeks_public_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_seeks_public_comment.html Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:26 -0600 Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing potential impacts associated with a proposed grazing permit renewal
 
The proposed permit renewal would permit livestock grazing to continue on the Behind the Rocks allotment near Moab, Utah.   Additional information can be found in the EA, which is available on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at:
 
https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Behind the Rocks Grazing Permit.” 
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Sept. 18, 2014.  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 “Behind the Rocks Grazing Permit” when submitting comments.
 
Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
Attn: Behind the Rocks Grazing Permit
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532 
 
Email:
blm_ut_mb_comments@blm.gov
 
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 additional information, please contact Jordan Davis 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[ BLM Posts Proposed Parcel List for November 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Issued 8/15/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_posts_proposed.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_posts_proposed.html Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:27:19 -0600

Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah today posted the list of parcels proposed for auction at the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Nov. 18, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  Posting initiates a 30-day public protest period. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Host Open House for Old Spanish Trail Plan (Issued 8/14/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/ost_opnhse.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/ost_opnhse.html Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:45:43 -0600 Cedar City, Utah—On Aug. 19, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Utah Cedar City Field Office will host a public open house for an Old Spanish Trail recreation plan. The event takes place at the Southern Utah University (SUU) Gerald R. Sherratt Library (Room 002), from 2 p.m.– 5 p.m.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Offers Reward for Information about Vandalism to Cultural Sites in Lake Mountains Area (Issued 8/14/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/cultural_site_vandalism.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/cultural_site_vandalism.html Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:24:12 -0600

Salt Lake CityThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office is offering a reward of up to $500.00 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those involved in vandalizing rocks located near Native American rock art sites on BLM-managed lands in the Lake Mountains area, west of Utah Lake, sometime between July 25 and July 31, 2014. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Issues Guidance on Uses of Railroads Rights-of-Way Land (Issued 8/12/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_issues_guidance.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/blm_issues_guidance.html Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:53:19 -0600 WASHINGTON , D.C. –  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued guidance to its state and field offices on how to evaluate activities on thousands of miles of public land that
was granted to railroad companies as rights–of-way under a 19th century law. BLM land managers will use the guidance to determine whether the lands are being properly used under the law. 

The General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 (1875 Act) granted railroad companies a 100-foot right-of-way (ROW) on public land on either side of a railroad center-line with exclusive right to use as much of the surface and subsurface area as needed to further the business of the railroad.  Thousands of miles of 1875 Act ROWs are estimated to exist on public land in the western United States. ]]> <![CDATA[ Start of Speed Week Activities Delayed (Issued 8/7/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/start_of_speed_week.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/start_of_speed_week.html Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:33:58 -0600

Salt Lake CitySpeed Week opening day has been postponed one day due to recent heavy rains. ]]>