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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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 Written in 1986, the current Forest Plan is outdated and needs to be revised to reflect the current uses and needs of the Forest and its users.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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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).
1.35 million acres
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It is expected this story will continue for some time. Watch this space for updates.
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Zinke: Bears Ears monument boundaries need to change - June 12th, 2017
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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.
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Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaOff-road Vehicle Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement
Appendices_Glen Canyon Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan_FEIS
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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.
[Read more here] and submit a prepared letter to your representatives. IMPORTANT NOTE! Normally, legislative representatives group “canned” letters into a group and count them as one. You will be able to edit the letter before it is submitted. Be sure to add a few comments at the top of the letter to “personalize” it.
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.
The Tushar Mountain ATVClub and Beaver County have requested that the BLM identifytwo OHVtrailroutesfor better access to the Minersville Reservoir Park. Most of the trails are in areas which are open to motorized cross-country travel. Travel in greater sage grouse priority habitat management areas (PHMA) is limited to existing routes unless otherwise authorized. No authorization is necessary to utilize these trails in their current state. [Read more here]
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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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