Public Lands

By David Boyle News Director Members of the San Juan County Commission received an update on the Bears Ears SITLA exchange, discussed the result of their performance audit, and approved a variety of grants at their latest meeting. At their April 18 meeting, members of the San Juan County Commission...
A road construction project is scheduled for this spring and summer at Natural Bridges National Monument. Work began on Monday, April 17, and continue through Friday, July 21.  Project work will resurface, restore, and rehabilitate approximately ten miles of roads and pullouts in Natural Bridges...
Image of the ten geographic places in San Juan County that have been renamed as a result of the Department of Interior’s efforts to eliminate the use of a slur from federally named places.
by David Boyle News Director Department of Interior approves name changes for 10 areas in San Juan County.On September 8, following a 10-month process, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) announced federal agencies would replace the word “squaw” on 650 geographic features across the US...
by David Boyle News Director Members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition recently published a 101-page Collaborative Land Management Plan for the Bears Ears National Monument. The document lays out tribal priorities and goals for the comanagement of the monument with federal land agencies,...
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host three in-person and two virtual public scoping meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for Bears Ears National Monument. The public is encouraged to help identify issues or concerns that should be addressed in the planning...
The BLM and USDA Forest Service to host virtual meeting of the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee  The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office and U.S. Department of Agriculture Manti-La Sal National Forest will host a virtual public meeting of the Bears Ears National...
The Indian Creek corridor in Bears Ears National Monument. The State of Utah has filed a lawsuit challenging the creation of the 1.3-million acre monument. Photo courtesy Bob Wick, BLM
by David Boyle News Director The state of Utah, as well as Garfield and Kane counties, filed a legal challenge on August 24 to President Joseph Biden’s designation of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court was brought forth by Utah...
Photo courtesy of the United State Fish and Wildlife Service. A juvenile peregrine falcon sitting on a stump
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has lifted seasonal climbing avoidance areas in the Indian Creek corridor. The agency welcomes the public to use the climbing walls and areas within the Indian Creek corridor that were previously included in the voluntary avoidance areas to benefit raptors. “We...
Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt.  Courtesy photo
Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt has been selected as the incoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Manager and Jake Palma has been named BLM Monticello Field Manager. In these roles, Gaddis-Wyatt and Palma will make important decisions about land management, recreation, conservation,...
Flash flooding in Dry Valley on August 14 washed out sections of State Route 211, the main road accessing the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. SR 211 will be closed for several weeks while repairs are made.  National Park Service photo
by David Boyle News Director Damages from flash flooding in Dry Valley have closed the main road accessing Canyonlands National Park for at least several weeks. With crews in the early stages of assessment, State Route 211 could be closed for longer. Afternoon flooding on Sunday, August 14 caused...

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