BLM seeks input on proposed land use rules for Moab, Monticello

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ST. GEORGE — The BLM-Utah Canyon Country District is seeking public comment on proposed supplementary rules for public lands in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices.  The proposed rules, which are now available for public review in the Federal Register, are designed to facilitate safe and responsible recreation on BLM-administered public lands.

“The proposed rules support BLM efforts to ensure a positive and safe outdoor recreation experience for all visitors to Canyon Country District lands,” Lance Porter, Canyon Country district manager, said. “They also underscore our ongoing efforts to implement land management commitments we made with the public and our partners during the RMP planning process.”

The proposed rules cover a variety of things, including camping, motor vehicle use, mountain biking and campfires. One common-sense rule prohibits camping within archaeological sites. Another proposed rule requires that recreationists not use glass beverage containers in the Sand Hill area near the entrance to Arches National Park; broken glass poses a significant safety hazard to children playing on the popular dune, according to a press release.  The rules were developed to implement management decisions made in the 2008 Moab and Monticello Resource Management Plans.

Written comments must be received or postmarked by Sept. 16, 2014.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that are specific, confined to issues pertinent to these proposed supplementary rules, and explain the reason for any recommended change.  Please reference “Proposed Supplementary Rules” when submitting comments.  Written comments may be mailed or emailed to the following:

Bureau of Land Management
Canyon Country District Office
Attn: Jason Moore
82 E. Dogwood Avenue
Moab, UT 84532

jdmoore@blm.gov

Resources

  • @BLMUtah
  • The supplementary rules are available online here and here
  • Hard copies of the rules may be obtained by visiting the Moab Field Office at 82 E. Dogwood Ave. in Moab, or the Monticello Field Office at 365 N. Main St. in Monticello
  • For additional information regarding the proposal, contact Walter Birkenheier at 435-259-2154.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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