BLM advisory council meets on Greater Sage-Grouse land use; public participation invited

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management’s Utah Resource Advisory Council will host a meeting and conference call on Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The advisory council will be updated on the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and environmental impact statement process and the preliminary results of the public comment period. The council is also asked to provide their collective input on the draft plan and impact statement and to produce a draft letter for submission to the BLM-Utah State Director.

Those attending in person should meet at the BLM-Utah State Office, Monument Conference Room, 5th floor, 440 W. 200 S., Salt Lake City. A 30-minute public comment period will take place from 9-9:30 a.m.

Public participants wishing to listen to the teleconference, orally present written material during the teleconference, or submit written comments for the advisory should notify, no later than 4:30 p.m., Feb. 21:

  • Sherry Foot, Special Programs Coordinator, BLM-Utah State Office
  • 440 W. 200 S., Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
  • Telephone: 801-539-4195
  • Email: [email protected]

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Sage Grouse | Photo courtesy of BLM, St. George News

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  • Bub February 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I’m afraid wildlife like the sage grouse will be sacrificed in the name of ‘progress’.

    • Brian February 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

      And I’m afraid they’ll be used as an excuse to cut off access to bikers, horse riders, ATV riders, and other off road enthusiasts. Like the snail in Kanab being used to prevent a land owner from doing anything at all with his ponds ($50,000 fine PER SNAIL if you kill one). They claim that snail is unique to his ponds, but can’t specify what make it different from the umpteen other snail varieties that can be found all over the planet.

      • Bub February 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        I’ve seen what happens to public land when opened up to all uses. They turn into waste land garbage dumps with off-road vehicle tracks everywhere and empty bullet cases all over, trash etc. The areas get ruined and they look like … The problem isn’t that a few people want to use the land, it’s that hoards upon hoards of people want to use it. That’s why California is so regulated, because the hoards of people have to be kept from ruining things. The problem with right-wingers is they simply don’t care–like a messy brat little child expecting to be cleaned up after.

        Ed. ellipsis

  • Bub's evil twin February 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Sage grouse with a bit of butter and pepper sounds delicious.

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