A spokesperson for the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service said Friday that Arches and Canyonlands would be closed to all park visitors starting Saturday, March 28.
National Park Service administrators who oversee the Southeast Utah Group of parks and monuments are taking seriously multiple recommendations from local health and municipal officials that Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park close to the public.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Utah quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in competitive bids for 22 parcels offered in the BLM’s Green River District, totaling over $284,000 in receipts, according to a press release from the agency.
A spokesperson for the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service said Tuesday, March 3 that Kayci Cook Collins is the interim acting superintendent for the area’s national parks through May, 2020.
In 1971, years before Moab would become a tourism hub known worldwide and only two years after the Slickrock Trail was opened, extraction was the name of the Grand County economy’s game. That year, in December, a company that would go on to become a major part of the Chevron Corporation drilled a 12,000-foot well in the Sand Flats Recreation Area in search of oil or gas.
The Department of the Interior on Friday, Feb. 14, announced another round of $3.2 million in grant funding for 11 western states, bringing the department’s and other stakeholders’ support of big game species habitat conservation and scientific research for migration corridors and winter ranges to more than $22 million, said the department in an emailed statement.
The BLM announced today, Feb. 21, that parcels 11 and 12, located within Moab’s Sand Flats Recreation Area, will not be included in the June 2020 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The move follows pushback from the city council, county council and state officials.
Southeast Utah Group of National Parks officials began burning piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash Monday, Feb. 10. Burns can occur throughout February, March, and April as conditions allow, according to a statement from the group.
The Bureau of Land Management on behalf of the Trump administration on Feb. 6 finalized plans to allow mining and energy drilling on almost 2 million acres that are attached to southern Utah national monuments Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.
The Bureau of Land Management continues to listen to the public, grazing leaseholders and other stakeholders as part of the initial scoping process to consider proposed revisions to the agency’s grazing regulations. The BLM currently manages livestock grazing on 155 million of the 245 million acres of public land and administers nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases, according to a statement from the Bureau.
President Donald Trump proposed a $12.8 billion 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior, including a $50 million initiative that would begin to transform and build a more stable and permanent wildland firefighting workforce to better align with the challenges of prolonged periods of wildfire activity and the need to more aggressively implement active vegetation management, according to a statement from the department.
As part of its ongoing effort to increase public access on federal lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is seeking the public’s assistance to develop a list of its managed lands that would benefit from new or increased access routes, according to USFWS spokesperson Vanessa Kauffman.