Support Collaboratively Developed Public Lands Legislation Instead of Top Down National Monument Designations!
On Wednesday, January 20, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) unveiled the first draft of the Utah Public Lands Initiative. This release follows three years, 1,200 meetings and consideration of 65 detailed proposals. This draft is intended to be just that - a draft. Comments, suggestions and recommendations will continue to be accepted and considered by the bill sponsors. The draft represents a compromise that includes many important provisions that boost recreation, land conservation, economic development, and certainty in eastern Utah communities. Please visit www.UtahPLI.com to view the draft language, maps, and other summaries regarding the draft Utah PLI Act. ….[Read more here]
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Prohibit National Monument Designations that are Not Supported by Affected Local Communities
Representative Paul Gosar introduced legislation on November 5, 2015 that would require concurrence from affected local communities and the State before any future declarations can be made under the Antiquities Act. The bill, H.R. 3946, includes provisions that have previously received support in the House of Representatives including:
Prohibiting designations in counties where there is significant local opposition.
Requiring local and State consultation and concurrence before any declarations.
Limiting designations to 5,000 acres or less.
Requiring written consent from private property owners before including their private property.
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Recently 14 Senators, none of whom are from Utah, wrote President Obama urging him to designate 1.8 million acres of the Greater Canyonlands in Utah as a National Monument. The letter stated, "...we write to encourage you to consider using your authority under the Antiquities Act to declare Greater Canyonlands a national monument."
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National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act - Amends the Antiquities Act of 1906 to require land reserved as part of a national monument to be confined to the smallest area essential to ensure the proper care and management of the objects of historic or scientific interest protected by the monument. Sets forth additional procedures for the designation of national monuments under the Act.
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Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management’s Price Field Office is seeking public input on a range of preliminary alternatives to be considered in the Nine Mile Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) Environmental Assessment. The Nine Mile Canyon SRMA, managed by the Price and Vernal Field Offices, is internationally significant for its concentration of archaeological sites and extensive rock art.
Preliminary alternatives to be analyzed include a range of options from leaving current management in place to enhancing and adding new facilities, campgrounds, and signs for education and interpretation.
The BLM is asking for feedback on the proposed alternatives to assure that all of the issues and concerns raised during the scoping period are included in one or more of the alternatives. Feedback will be accepted through April 29, 2016. The BLM will consider all input in developing a draft EA that will be available for public review and comment.
Information about the project, preliminary alternatives, and maps can be accessed using the ePlanning website at: http://go.usa.gov/csCwV
Comments may also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BLM Price Field Office
View Letters Written by Members of the OHV Community to Secretary Zinke Opposing Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase Escalante Monuments. Click and author’s name below, listed alphabetically by last name, to read their letter.
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Sign the Petition: U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal would limit local input
BLM seeks comments on landscape level planning
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has released for public comment its proposed land use planning regulations and handbook. Combined, they provide the basis for Resource Management Plans, which underlie every on-the-ground decision on nearly 250 million acres of BLM-managed land.
The American Motorcyclist Association has the tools to make it easy for you to submit comments by signing our petition. Act now. Sign the AMA’s petition to voice your concern.
The proposed BLM rules:
• Minimize input from local and state governments, public officials and private citizens;
• Fail to address economic impact and administrative costs of the proposed changes; and
• Result in comprehensive changes that can be reversed easily under new secretarial leadership.
We cannot overstate the significance of the fact that these proposed changes are based on a Presidential Directive and four Secretarial Orders – all of which circumvent the U.S. Congress, states and a wide range of national, regional and local stakeholders.
Deadline to Take Action 23 May 2016
The Manti-La Sal National Forest invites you to join in the process of revising its Forest Plan. The Forest Plan provides guidance for managing resources and activities such as recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, mining, vegetation, and timber production on the National Forest for the next 15 years. Written in 1986, the current Forest Plan is outdated and needs to be revised to reflect the current uses and needs of the Forest and its users. A lot has changed over the past 30 years, including significant scientific advances and changes in recreational uses.
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Support Legislation to Quantify the Economic Impact of Recreation
Companion bills, S. 2219 and H.R. 4665, known as the Outdoor REC (Recreation's Economic Contributions) Act have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and are starting to move. The bills would require the Secretary of Commerce in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor and in consultation with federal land management agencies to assess and analyze the outdoor recreation economy of the United States and the effects attributable to it on the overall U.S. economy. The assessment may consider employment, sales, contributions to travel and tourism, and other appropriate contributing components of the outdoor recreation economy.
Take Action now and send a letter to your Members of Congress in support of the legislation and highlighting the importance of motorized recreation.
Utah Public Lands Initiative Legislation Introduced -- Urge the President to Avoid Massive Monument Designation in Favor of Letting the Legislative Process Work
Send an email to the President and Interior Secretary in Support of Locally Developed Solutions to Public Lands Management Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz have formally introduced legislation, H.R. 5781, to provide for the future management of 18 million acres of public lands in Eastern Utah. The legislation was developed through an ambitious effort to bring resolution to some of the most challenging land disputes in Utah. The Utah Public Lands Initiative brought together over 120 different advocacy groups, businesses and land organizations - representing the entire spectrum of policy and political viewpoints - that have an interest in the management of public lands in Eastern Utah. The result is legislation that will protect massive areas of public lands, while providing access to responsible multiple uses including recreation.
On Saturday, July 18, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other prominent public lands officials hosted a public meeting to discuss the legislation and the possible Administrative designation of National Monuments in the area. While Jewell said there are no imminent plans to make such a designation, it is important that she and the President hear from you that the correct path forward is the collaboratively developed legislation – not a one-size-fits all designation of monuments that will ultimately lead to reduced access for recreation.
For specific information about the bill and the process through which it was developed, visit this website.
Even if you don’t live or recreate in Utah it is important to have your voice heard. Representatives Bishop and Chaffetz have worked long and hard to develop legislation that reflects the will of the local constituencies – it would be inappropriate for the President to circumvent this process by imposing massive monument designations. Should the Administration move forward with a designation despite the fact that there is pending legislation it would be a terrible precedent and an ominous sign for other areas in the country being considered for Monument designation.
Dateline: Posted Dec 5th, 2016 @ 10:30pm - sltrib.com
Utah’s Bishop asks Trump to consider revoking national monuments
Antiquities Act » The Republican says Obama misused his authority by applying the law without local support.
Utah Rep. Rob Bishop took his case against the Antiquities Act to the Trump presidential transition team Monday, asking the incoming president to consider doing what none of his predecessors have done: Undo national monument designations.
Information and events above this point precede the monument deignation. Information and events below this point follow the monument designation.
Monument Designated - 28 Dec 2016
The Bears Ears National Monument was created by presidential decree on December 28, 2017 creating a massive new national monument that takes up more than one quarter of the land mass of San Juan County.
The monument designation includes 1,351,849 acres of federal land, but does not include the 109,106 acres of state land and the 12,652 acres of private land that are now within the national monument boundaries.
The lands included in the designation will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS).
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It is expected this story will continue for some time. Watch this space for updates.
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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Trail System for
A range of alternatives is considered, including off-highway vehicle use
MONTICELLO, Utah - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed trail system for Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah. The EA responds to San Juan County’s application for a right-of-way that would provide additional off-road, motorized travel
opportunities in the Recapture Canyon area. The public comment period will be open for 45 days and comments can be submitted online.
“This EA provides a robust range of alternatives for the public to consider,” said Jenna Whitlock, BLM-Utah Acting State Director. “Public input will help the BLM determine the best way to manage recreation in the Recapture Canyon area while also protecting the extraordinary cultural resources and important riparian habitat found there.” [Read more here]
(Action - your comments needed- coming soon. Watch this space.)
Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the release of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Glen Canyon) Off-road Vehicle Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/FEIS) on January 13, 2017, which will begin the 30 day no action period.
Printed copies of the Plan/FEIS are available at some local libraries (Page, Blanding, Escalante and Kanab).
For additional assistance in obtaining a copy of the Plan/FEIS, please contact us at (928) 608-6205 or via email at GLCA_Superintendent@nps.gov. To stay informed about the planning process and upcoming regulation process, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca-orvplan.
[Click here] to go to the forest service download links for the:
Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaOff-road Vehicle Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement
Appendices_Glen Canyon Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan_FEIS
Help Keep 9 Million Acres Open For OHV Use
Contact your representative Today!
U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, H.R. 2044. This latest legislation, the first version of which was introduced in 1989, would designate as Wilderness 9.2 million acres in Utah, including Desolation and Labyrinth Canyons, the Dirty Devil River, Bitter Creek, White Canyon and the San Rafael Swell. This Wilderness designation would make the land off-limits to off-highway riders.
In the House, of the bill’s 30 original cosponsors, not a single one represents an area that would be affected by the proposed Wilderness designation. Lowenthal, the House bill’s sponsor, is from California.
The proposed area of new Wilderness designation is nearly twice the size of New Jersey.
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Ashley National Forest
Forest Plan Revision
The Ashley National Forest, located in northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming, is in the first phase of a three-phase forest planning process to revise our forest land management plan (also known as a forest plan). Our current plan was completed in 1986 and needs to be updated to address current ecological, economic and social conditions and trends that exist today.
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