BLM seeks input on proposed direct land sale in Garfield County

Notice of Realty Action publishes today for 45-day public comment period


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Paria River District

Media Contact:

David Hercher

KANAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management seeks input on a proposal for the direct sale of a 5.27-acre parcel of public land to an adjacent landowner to resolve an inadvertent unauthorized use of public land. The Kanab Field Office manages the parcel located north of Escalante.

A Notice of Realty Action published today in the Federal Register. The published land conveyance, identified for disposal and in conformance with BLM-approved Kanab Field Office Resource Management Plan, begins a 45-day public comment period on the sale action beginning today through Dec. 11, 2023.

BLM patented the parcel, known now as the Dumas Parcel, to the Utah State Park and Recreation Commission under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act for inclusion in the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park in 1963. During the 1970s, the previous adjacent landowner inadvertently built flood-retention structures, corrals and a barn that encroached onto what is now an isolated parcel of public land. By 2004, BLM determined that because the land was no longer being used for a state park, the reversionary clause of the patent would be applied, conveying the land back to BLM. BLM agreed subsequently to consider the sale of the parcel to the adjacent landowner.

The proposed environmental assessment and associated maps and instructions for submitting comments are available online in the “Documents” section of the BLM NEPA Register. You may submit public comments on this proposal via mail at attention: KFO Field Manager, Kanab Field Office, 669 S Highway 89A, Kanab, UT 84741 or online via the BLM National NEPA Register.

For more information, contact Brandon Johnson, BLM Utah State Office realty specialist, at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.