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.
Kate Cannon, superintendent of Utah’s Southeast Group of the National Park System, announced today that she is retiring. She has served as the top official overseeing Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Southeast Utah’s national monuments since 2006.
The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, Dec. 3, announced a proposal to offer 25 parcels, totaling approximately 32,713.76 acres of BLM-managed lands in the Green River District for the March 10 quarterly oil and gas lease sale. This notice initiates a 30-day public comment period on the associated environmental documents ending on Jan. 3, 2020, according to the BLM.
The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group in a statement Friday, Nov. 8 announced Samantha Zim as the 2020 Community Artist in the Parks. The committee also selected Julia Buckwalter to serve in the same position in 2021.
Winter hours are in place at visitor centers at Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments, according to the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks.
On Nov. 4, the Bureau of Land Management in Utah will begin selling non-commercial permits to cut pinyon pine, juniper and fir trees. The U.S. Forest Service will also sell Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Manti-La Sal National Forest from Nov. 18 until Dec. 23 or sold out.
Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash at Arches National Park beginning Monday, Nov. 11. Burns might occur throughout November, December and January as conditions allow, according to park officials.
As activists stood silently around the room with signs advocating to “keep public lands in public hands” and to “protect wild Utah,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke the fourth wall Friday, Oct. 25, during a roundtable discussion in Moab to say that “not a single member” of the Utah Legislature or the U.S. Congress wants Utah to be “anything but a public lands state.”