The BLM and Tread Lightly! Launch Respect and Protect Campaign

Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Tread Lightly! have launched Respect and Protect, a public awareness campaign that aims to promote cultural resource stewardship and protection through education, and outreach on public lands in Utah.  

The campaign also reminds public lands visitors that looting and vandalism of archaeological and paleontological resources on federal, state, and tribal lands is against the law. If you observe individuals looting sites or stealing artifacts, call the BLM Resource Protection Hotline (Utah) at 800-722-3998 to report the incident.  

“When people remove ancient artifacts from the public lands, we all lose,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “If each one of us acts as a steward of our nation’s natural and cultural treasures, we can ‘respect and protect’ them for future generations.”

The public campaign kicks off Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City.  Light refreshments will be provided.  To RSVP or find more information email: RespectAndProtect@TreadLightly.Org, or

In addition to the May launch, the BLM and Tread Lightly! will host five additional public events across Utah. Locations include the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal on June 11, the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm in St. George on July 16, the Moab Information Center in Moab on July 28, the Utah State University Eastern’s Prehistoric Museum in Price on August 27, and the BLM Calf Creek Falls Trailhead near Escalante on September 24. All events are free and open to the public.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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