Central Pacific Railroad Grade

If you are looking for recreation information as well as images related to the Central Pacific Railroad Grade, also known as the Transcontinental Railroad Grade, it can be found here.

Land Use Plan: Box Elder Record of Decision
Acreage: 5,019
Date: May 1986
Values: Cultural and historical
Management Guidance:
  1. Recommend the ACEC area for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
  2. Limit off-highway vehicle use to existing roads and trails as identified in for recreation.
  3. Establish a steering committee, comprised of representatives of BLM, the National Park Service, Box Elder County, the Utah State Preservation Office, and others as appropriate, to guide development and implementation of a management plan for the ACEC. The plan will include:
    • interpretive needs
    • protection measures, such as requirements for steering committee review of proposals for rights-of-way which would cross the ACEC; and consideration of public safety.
  4. Pursue a written memorandum of understanding between Box Elder County and the Utah State Historic Preservation Office for preservation and management of existing structures and historical sites within the ACEC.
In 1998 there was a Box Elder Plan Amendment that expanded the ACEC to its present day size of 5,019 acres. The Plan Amendment states: The expansion of the ACEC would be managed according to the goals and objectives of the existing management plan, and have the same restrictions or limitations to the use of those lands as described in the plan with the following exceptions.
Livestock: Livestock grazing would continue at current levels, class of livestock and season of use as that described in the Box Elder RMP for those lands located within the wetland portions of the eastern Central Pacific Railroad grade. If spring grazing continues, the area should be fenced to create pastures for the Golden Spike Allotment. If grazing permits are relinquished within the wetland areas of the lands associated with the eastern and western portions of the Central Pacific Railroad/Union Pacific Railroad grades, then these areas would be closed to grazing to protect the wetland values. Grazing would be authorized only if grazing could be used to achieve management objectives.
Mineral Development: Oil & gas leasing would be subject to the Category 3 (no surface occupancy) stipulation. A land withdrawal from the operation of the public land laws and location and entry under the United States Mining laws is proposed.

Off-Highway Vehicle: Off-highway vehicle use would be limited to existing roads and trails throughout the year on the east and west portions of the Central Pacific Railroad which do not involve wetlands, while the wetland would be “closed” to OHV use.