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Utah Test and Training Range Land Exchange

The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law in December 2016, with two primary requirements: 1) temporary closure of certain BLM lands in Utah to support the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) to enhance mission safety, and 2) directing the BLM to conduct a land exchange with the State of Utah to acquire the state lands within the temporary closure areas.

The exchange would consolidate both Federal and State land ownership, and would remove State ownership of lands where development would be incompatible with critical national defense uses of the Utah Test and Training Range.    

Under the exchange, the United States would convey to the State up to approximately 95,740 acres of Federal lands or interests in land, including about 94,700 acres of surface and mineral estate, about 960 acres of surface only estate, about 71 acres of mineral only estate, and 19 water rights.

In exchange for the Federal lands or interests, the state would convey to the United States up to approximately 83,610 acres of non-federal lands or interests therein, including about DRAFT 70,170 acres of surface and mineral estate, about 13,440 acres of mineral only estate, and 4 water rights. Additionally, up to approximately 4,370 acres of surface and mineral estate in Washington County may be included in the exchange if needed for value equalization purposes.

A Community Resource Advisory Group was formed per the law requirements and a Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was created and sent out for public comment on April 10, 2018. The BLM and U.S. Air Force are working on signing a Final MOA. The public can sign up for notification of military testing closures on the Hill Air Force Base