<![CDATA[ BLM Utah News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ut.html Utah News Releases en-us Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:52:11 -0600 news Public_Room_UT_State_Office@ut.blm.gov (Utah Info) <![CDATA[ High Fire Danger Prompts Fire Restrictions in Southeast Utah (Issued 6/29/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/high_fire_danger_prompts.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/high_fire_danger_prompts.html Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:52:11 -0600 Current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation throughout Southeast Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. As a result, as of, July 1, 2016, all State, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service lands and all unincorporated private lands in the following lands are under fire restrictions. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Monument Butte Oil and Gas Project (Issued 6/23/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_releases_final.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_releases_final.html Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:21:59 -0600 VERNAL, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office has completed its analysis of the Monument Butte Area Oil and Gas Project and has released a final environmental impact statement (Final EIS) for public review.  The Final EIS analyzes the potential impacts of Newfield Exploration Company’s proposed infill development project, as well as alternatives to that proposal.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Grazing Permit Renewal (Issued 6/24/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_public_comment1.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_public_comment1.html Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:41:02 -0600 MOAB, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office is seeking input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing potential impacts of renewing a ten year grazing permit for the Monument Wash allotment.  This grazing allotment covers about 79,289 acres, and is located about 24 air miles northeast of Moab in the Cisco Desert area.  The allotment contains small portions of intermingled private lands and trust lands administered by State of Utah Trust Lands Administration.  Both cattle and sheep have historically grazed in this area, but the allotment is currently authorized for cattle.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Communications Site (Issued 6/17/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_public_comment0.html Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:46:44 -0600 MOAB, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed communication site that would provide internet service to Castle Valley, Utah.  The EA analyzes potential impacts of Royce’s Electronics’ proposal to install a 15-foot tall tower, solar panel, and equipment panel.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Uranium Mine Plan Modification (Issued 6/15/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_public_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_public_comment.html Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:40:58 -0600 Monticello, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management  Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment for a proposal to modify a mine plan for the Daneros Uranium Mine in San Juan County. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Environmental Assessment for Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Issued 6/14/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_comment.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_seeks_comment.html Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:09:15 -0600 Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Vernal Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the BLM’s proposal to offer 28 parcels covering approximately 12,225 acres for oil and gas leasing.  The parcels would be offered in a lease sale set for November 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Investigating Deaths of Wild Burros (Issued 6/14/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/BLM_Investigating_Deaths_of_Wild_Burros.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/BLM_Investigating_Deaths_of_Wild_Burros.html Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:56:59 -0600 Salt Lake City -- The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the deaths of 18 wild burros at its Axtell, Utah wild burro corral and on the Sinbad Herd Management Area 30 miles west of Green River in Emery County, Utah. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Utah to Host Resource Advisory Council Meeting/Conference Call (Issued 6/13/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_utah_to_host_resource.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm_utah_to_host_resource.html Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:45:43 -0600 Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will host a meeting/conference call Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. – noon, MST. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-Utah West Desert District Issues Fire Prevention Order (Issued 6/13/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm-utah_west_desert.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/june/blm-utah_west_desert.html Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:45:01 -0600 West Valley City, Utah—The BLM-Utah West Desert District (WDD) has re-issued a fire prevention order that addresses year-round and seasonal fire restrictions.  These restrictions apply to BLM-lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.  

“With recent record temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds, the vegetation in the West Desert is drying out quickly,” said Justin Kincaid, West Desert District Fire Management Officer.  “These conditions significantly increase the risk of accidental wildfires in the area.”

Year-round restrictions include: fireworks, exploding targets, tracer and incendiary ammunition, sky lanterns or similar devices, and operating off-highway vehicles without spark arresters.  Seasonally, beginning June 15 through September 30, the use of steel-core, steel-jacketed or steel-tipped ammunition is prohibited.  A key provision of this order also extends to possession of fireworks and exploding targets, which should be left at home when visiting public lands.    

When target shooting, knowing what your ammunition consists of is critical.  Orange or red painted tips indicate tracer ammunition.  It is not uncommon for military surplus and foreign-made ammunition to contain steel in the bullet jacket, under a thin layer of copper.  The bullets may also have steel tips or cores.  Packaging may not indicate the presence of steel in the bullet.  A simple test with a strong magnet touched to the tip of the bullet can help you determine whether the bullet contains steel.    

Kincaid reminds outdoor enthusiasts to always use caution and be prepared when recreating in the West Desert during the dry summer months.  He recommends keeping water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher handy.  

For more details on the prevention order, contact the West Desert District Office at (801)977-4300 or go to:  http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake/recreation/target_shooting.html.  This fire prevention order will also be posted on signs where BLM lands are accessed in the five western Utah counties affected. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM-Utah Volunteer Receives the ?Making a Difference? National Volunteer Award (6/03/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/blm-utah_volunteer.html http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/blm-utah_volunteer.html Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:24:46 -0600 Salt Lake City—Bureau of Land Management volunteer Sharron Evans of central Utah has received the prestigious “Making a Difference Award” for her contributions to the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Program (WHB).   She was among five individuals, two couples, and one group honored on June 2nd for outstanding volunteer service or leadership on BLM public lands.  

Evans was chosen from more than 25,000 volunteers who served in 2015.  Acting BLM-Utah State Director Jenna Whitlock praised Evans for her dedication to the program.

“Sharron lifts the spirits of everyone she meets. She brings almost 20 years of volunteer experience and unbridled enthusiasm to Utah’s Wild Horse and Burro Program,” she said.

Evans has volunteered with the WHB program since 1998 in Utah and California, including the past three years with the BLM-Utah’s off-range facility in Axtell, Utah.

Everyone at Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals has “as their highest priority the safety and welfare of the animals and that is a privilege to work on a team like that,” remarked Evans during the award ceremony.  Evans received the Outstanding Achievement award for her services administering health and preparation records for more than 1,600 wild horses and burros.  She also coordinated a campaign to collect tack for the Gunnison Wild Horse Prison training program and has been instrumental in helping place dozens of animals into good homes through the Youth and Mustang and Trainer Incentive programs.  In the past five years, Evans has adopted four burros and five wild horses to live on her farm.   

The BLM presents the “Making a Difference” awards once a year to recognize the Bureau’s most exceptional volunteers, whose efforts include trail repair, visitor services, habitat restoration, and many other duties.  Recipients received recognition during an event via a live video conference hosted at the BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

In 2015, BLM volunteers contributed more than 1 million hours, equating to more than $24 million of service and 577 work years. The annual “Making a Difference” Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands.  A new “Group Excellence” category this year recognizes the contributions of volunteer groups.

 In addition to Evans, other recipients are:

•           Bill Mackie (Outstanding Achievement), Lake Havasu Field Office, Arizona;
•           Danny and Barbara Frye (Outstanding Achievement), Butte Field Office, Montana;
•           Asha Lela (Lifetime Achievement), San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington;
•           Jack and Sandy Gasser (Lifetime Achievement), Yuma Field Office, Arizona;
•           Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (Group Excellence), Redding Field Office, California;
•           Lesly Smith (Employee Winner), Wyoming State Office;
•           Shanita McLean (Outstanding Youth), Eastern States Office, Virginia.

 A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from dozens of nominees submitted by BLM state offices. The winners demonstrated exceptional contributions to the conservation and management of public lands.

To learn more about BLM-Utah’s Wild Horse and Burro Program: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html

To learn more about volunteering for the BLM: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Volunteer.html ]]>