Duane Resare, a Public Service staffer with the U.S. Forest Service announced Louis “Ted” Neff is the new deputy district ranger at the Manti-La Sal National Forest as of Monday, Feb. 3.
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is praising the withdrawal by the Bureau of Land Management of multiple major vegetation removal projects the agency had been planning in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, according to a statement from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
The Moab City Council at Tuesday’s meeting unanimously approved a resolution formalizing members’ opposition to the Bureau of Land Management leasing two parcels in the Sand Flats Recreation Area for oil and gas extraction.
The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on a proposal to drill two oil and gas wells in San Juan County six to eight miles northeast of the town of Bluff. EOG Resources, Inc., has applied to develop oil and gas resources on their oil and gas leases. The proposed Recapture 4-34H and the Recapture 11-22H well pads would be located on public lands.
The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office is seeking public input on a BLM and Utah Division of Parks and Recreation joint proposal to develop a campground and mountain bike trails on BLM-administered lands near Goosenecks State Park in southeast San Juan County. The public scoping period began Jan. 13 and ends on Feb. 14. Public comments will help the BLM develop a draft environmental assessment, agency officials said in an email.
The National Park Service seeks public input on a plan to allow bicycle use on the newly constructed Arches Visitor Center Connector Trail. The trail connects the Arches visitor center to the Moab Canyon Pathway and was built in accordance with national guidelines for shared use paths.
The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office will host the second Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hideout Community Center, 648 S. Hideout Way in Monticello.
The Bureau of Land Management Utah has made several key changes in leadership positions across the state to begin 2020.
The Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced that it is seeking public nominations for three citizens’ advisory councils affiliated with specific sites on the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. One of them is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument advisory committee.
The Bureau of Land Management is a contributor and supporter of Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, which uses locally-driven projects to improve watershed health, biological diversity, and water quality. BLM Utah and the Utah Department of Natural Resources have entered into a new five-year financial cooperative agreement supporting the WRI. The BLM may contribute up to $75 million over the lifetime of this five-year agreement, according to a statement BLM Utah released.
Kate Cannon’s 40-year tenure with the National Park Service will end Jan. 3. The superintendent of the NPS Southeast Utah Group for the past 13 years, Cannon said she’s retiring to join her husband, Ross Rice, a now-retired NPS ranger pilot.
The Bureau of Reclamation seeks public input on alternatives to reduce salinity in the Colorado River from sources in the Paradox Valley in western Colorado. Currently, the Paradox Valley Unit in Montrose County, Colorado, is intercepting naturally occurring brine and injecting it 16,000 feet underground via a deep injection well.