<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:10:11 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Approves New Communication Site in Castle Valley for Internet Service to Residents (Issued 9/22/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_approves_new_communication.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_approves_new_communication.html Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:10:11 -0600 MOAB, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office recently approved a right-of-way proposal from Royce’s Electronics, Inc. to construct and operate a communications site in the Castle Valley Area. The purpose of the project is to provide high speed and more reliable internet service to the town of Castle Valley. The proposed communication site would also provide a 911 back-up to the current service. The ten year right-of-way grant includes the tower site location, approximately 2000 square feet, and use of a designated access route, approximately 3400 feet long. The height of the tower is about 15 feet. 

The Decision Record, which outlines the rationale and considerations used in making the decision, can be found online at BLM’s ePlanning website: http://go.usa.gov/chAKP . The final environmental assessment, maps, and finding of no significant impact are also located here. 

For further information, contact Jan Denney at (435) 259-2122. 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 Public Comment on Red Canyon Road Reroute (Issued 9/19/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_seeks_public_comment1.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_seeks_public_comment1.html Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:03:11 -0600  MONTICELLO, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed ROW application for road repair from San Juan County. The purpose of the proposed ROW is to authorize San Juan County to re-route a portion of Red Canyon Road (B-259) to address continued road damage from floods and facilitate maintenance. The proposed re-route consists of about 1,800 feet of dirt road about 18 feet wide (12 foot travel surface).  

An electronic copy of the EA can be found online at:
http://go.usa.gov/xKBUw. Comments can be submitted online through ePlanning, under the “Documents” tab.

Comments will be accepted through close of business Oct. 20, 2016. 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.    

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, please 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 further sale-specific information, contact Cliff Giffen 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 with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.   ]]>
<![CDATA[ Service, food and fun at Three Peaks 10th anniversary Saturday (Issued 9/20/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/service__food_and.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/service__food_and.html Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:11:14 -0600 CEDAR CITY, Utah – Everyone is invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Three Peaks Recreation Area and National Public Lands Day with service, recreation and a meal for the whole community, Saturday, Sept. 24, starting with registration at 7:30 a.m. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Postpones Coal Lease Sale in Central Utah (Issued 9/20/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_postpones_coal.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_postpones_coal.html Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:47:02 -0600 SALT LAKE CITY--A stay petition and appeal filed by four conservation groups to BLM's recent decision to offer federal coal for sale in Sanpete and Sevier Counties has required BLM to postpone the Greens Hollow coal lease sale. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Host Annual Jarvie Fest (Issued 9/20/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_to_host_annual.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_to_host_annual.html Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:41:47 -0600 VERNAL, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management invites members of the public to the 2016 Jarvie Fest, a family friendly community event, to be held Oct. 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Daggett County's Brown's Park.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Environmental Assessment for February 2017 Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Issued 9/16/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:24:01 -0600 MOAB, UTAH—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Canyon Country District is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer six parcels covering 6,741 acres in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices at the February 2017 oil and gas lease sale. The EA addresses issues raised during internal and external scoping such as air quality, wildlife, and the Old Spanish Historic Trail. 

Specific information about the proposed 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://go.usa.gov/xcQCh. Comments can be submitted online through ePlanning, under the “Documents” tab. 

The public review and comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2016. 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM Utah Resource Advisory Council to Hold Meeting (Issued 9/15/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_utah_resource.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_utah_resource.html Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:22:28 -0600 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will hold a field tour and meeting Oct. 17-18, 2016. 
 
On Oct. 17, the RAC will take a field tour of the San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan project area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance is optional. Members of the public who wish to attend the field tour should contact Lola Bird, Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; phone (801)539-4033; or, lbird@blm.gov no later than Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. 
 
On Oct. 18, the RAC will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, 1765 E. Main Street, Green River, Utah 84525. Topics of discussion will include the San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan and sage-grouse plan grazing thresholds. A half-hour public comment period will take place from 12:30-1:00 p.m., where the public may address the RAC.
 
All meetings are open to the public; however, transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participating individuals. 
 
For more information on Resource Advisory Councils, please visit the BLM-Utah website at www.blm.gov/ut/st/en.html.
 
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 FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours. ]]> <![CDATA[ Celebrate National Public Lands Day by Volunteering (Issued 9/15/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/celebrate_national.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/celebrate_national.html Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:53:22 -0600 PRICE, UTAH— The BLM Price Field Office is hosting a unique volunteer and learning opportunity to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24, 2016 at the historic Christensen Ranch at Cottonwood Glen, in the Nine Mile Canyon area.
 
The BLM is seeking volunteers to help stabilize a historic cabin, document historic resources, and remove invasive species at the Christensen Ranch.  Following the restoration activities, volunteers are invited to hear Norma Dalton, a local author and historian, speak about why this canyon and historical site are special.
 
An additional science activity designed to engage youth will also start that day, and continue through October.  Under the guidance of professional archaeologists, young volunteers will help excavate, document, and photograph features of a pithouse, learning about the history of the area and the science of archaeology.
 
To volunteer, all that’s needed is a positive attitude and a sturdy pair of shoes, work gloves, long sleeved shirt and pants.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended as the canyon can be hot and there is little shade.  Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.  Plan for a full day of activities, from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m.
 
Please meet at the Cottonwood Glen Recreation area in Nine Mile Canyon at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2016.  The BLM will provide orientation for the days’ activities and ask participants to complete a volunteer service agreement.  Volunteers under age 18 will need parental permission.
 
For additional information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Amber Koski at (435)636-3618.  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 Approves Programmatic Invasive Species Management Plan (Issued 9/09/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_approves_programmatic.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_approves_programmatic.html Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:57:09 -0600 MOAB, UTAH – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Canyon Country Fire Zone and Moab Field Office has issued a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of a Programmatic Invasive Species Management Plan within approximately 2,856,082 acres of land.

The plan provides a landscape level, collaborative approach that the BLM and partners—including private landowners, county, state, and federal agencies—will begin implementing to manage weeds.  This includes sharing expertise, providing assistance, coordinating partnership efforts, and identifying priorities.  Invasive species impact ecosystems, wildlife, and have economic effects, both at the commercial level, and for the cost of managing weeds. 

An electronic copy of the Decision Record, EA, and project map are available online at: http://go.usa.gov/xZmnk.  ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Trail System for Recapture Canyon (Issued 9/09/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_seeks_public_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/september/blm_seeks_public_comment.html Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:36:11 -0600 A range of alternatives is considered, including off-highway vehicle use ]]>