Public Lands

Members of the Utah Legislative Management Committee unanimously approved support for a deal that would swap over 130,000 acres of state trust lands in San Juan County for federally managed lands in the state at an interim meeting on May 17. With the approval from Utah legislators, the Utah School...
Screenshot from a SITLA DRAFT presented at the May 3 meeting of the San Juan County Commission. Pink squares are SITLA lands that may leave Bears Ears National Monument, green squares are BLM lands that could become SITLA lands
Leadership with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (SITLA) appeared before the San Juan County Commission on May 3 to hear input regarding the proposed land swap of 131,000 acres located inside the Bears Ears National Monument.  Members of the public who spoke at the...
Vegetation Pile Burns Planned in Southeast Utah National Parks and Monuments Beginning February 21 and continuing through the end of March, park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation at various locations within Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges...
This month the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum’s “New to the Edge” exhibit features several pottery vessels from a site in Woodenshoe Canyon on the Manti-LaSal National Forest. The site dates to the late AD 1100s/early AD 1200s, a period of time that is referred to as the Pueblo III period....
Bureau of Land Management seeks nominations to fill advisory committee vacancies for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committees to fill...
Gary Torres recently received the 2021 Outstanding Public Lands Professional Award from The Public Lands Foundation.  Torres has served in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for more than 30 years. He currently serves as the Manager of the Canyon Country District of the BLM, which covers millions...
A Utah environmental regulatory agency is preparing a request to the federal government to allow a mine to inject diluted sulfuric acid solutions into a San Juan County aquifer.   If approved, the Utah Division of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) aquifer exemption request to the federal Environmental...
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fire personnel have completed the initial restoration work for the Pack Creek Fire on all 131 acres of BLM-managed lands impacted by the fire.   The fire restoration project incorporated the application of native seeds to help stabilize soil and protect the area from...
Visitors to Rainbow Bridge National Monument are advised that access from Lake Powell will become significantly more difficult until further notice, due to lowering lake levels and mud and debris from rain events.  Effective immediately, there will no longer be dock access to the shoreline. The...
The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum’s “New to the Edge” exhibit features several new pottery vessels, including two that apparently hail from the Edge of the Cedars Pueblo itself. A recent donor, a local youth in the early 1960s, returned two vessels that were recovered from the site years...

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