According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Grand Junction will become the new home of the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters, part of a “realignment of resources to the West.”
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently unveiled its 2019 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. As of this year, more than 300 places have been on the list over its 32-year history, and in that time fewer than five percent of listed sites have been lost.
The Bureau of Land Management recently released two draft recreation business plans for public comment. One plan covers lands within the Monticello Field Office and proposes changes to fee structures for permits at Cedar Mesa. The other covers camping, additional amenities, and uses on lands within the Richfield Field Office.
In keeping with the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting American energy security, the Bureau of Land Management proposes to offer 149 parcels, totaling nearly 183,668 acres in Utah on lands managed by the Canyon Country, Color Country, Green River and West Desert districts at the Sept. 10 quarterly oil and gas lease sale. This notice initiates a public comment period on the associated environmental documents that ends on July 1, 2019. The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com.
As the summer vacation and travel seasons opens, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced May 23 that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs, according to a statement from the department.
The Bureau of Land Management announced May 22 increased access and off- highway vehicle opportunities within the Factory Butte Special Recreation Management Area near Hanksville. The Richfield Field Office has rescinded the 2006 Factory Butte OHV travel restriction after meeting criteria to develop a threatened and endangered species monitoring plan and installing infrastructure to protect endangered cactus species, according to a press release from the agency.
On May 22, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert to sign an agreement between the USDA Forest Service and the State of Utah focused on shared stewardship.