BLM: Dec. 1 deadline to apply for special recreation permit
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The Bureau of Land Management facilitates opportunities for commercial recreation on public lands to help local communities grow. To streamline and improve management of its Special Recreation Permit program, the BLM Canyon Country District is establishing two periods each year for submitting and processing Special Recreation Permit applications, including applications to renew expiring permits.

The BLM will process all applications received by Dec. 1 for the 2019 spring-summer season (March 1-Aug. 31). The BLM is requesting that interested parties submit applications for the 2019 fall-winter season Sept. 1 - Feb. 28, 2020) by June 1. The BLM will maintain this schedule (Dec. 1 and June 1) for future years. The BLM will accept applications at any time and applicants are encouraged to submit proposals well in advance, especially if they have a specific event date in mind.

This new application schedule will: Improve the BLM’s ability to complete environmental reviews in a timely manner by grouping application reviews for similar activities and areas, help ensure fair and consistent treatment of all applicants, given increasing demands for similar services and areas of operation; and enable the BLM to continue effective management of commercial recreation, competitive events, and organized group activities.

The Canyon Country District hosts more than three million visitors annually who come to Grand and San Juan counties to explore public lands. In addition, each year the Moab and Monticello field offices administer over 450 special recreation permits. Local outfitters, guides and other businesses play a large role in helping the BLM serve local communities and visitors. The BLM uses permits to manage commercial recreation and organized group activities on public lands, including competitive events. General recreation by individuals and families does not require the permit. Stop by or phone the local BLM office to discuss the application. As the BLM implements this new schedule, requests for extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information visit or contact:

• Moab Field Office: 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532, 435-259-2100.

• Monticello Field Office: 365 North Main, Monticello, UT 84535, 435-587-1500.

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