BLM tour, meetings in San Juan County; archaeology, forest fee proposals

San Juan County Library, 80 N. Main, Monticello,

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Council and Recreation Resource Advisory Council will be conducting field tours and holding meetings in San Juan County Sept. 9-10 covering a range of issues concerning public lands; the public is invited to participate.

Alkali Ridge, Blanding – Sept. 9

The Resource Advisory Council will take a field tour of Alkali Ridge, in Blanding, Sept. 9.

Topics of discussion listed in the BLM’s news release include reviewing archaeological sites, discussion on the anti-looting campaign, the transportation system in relation to the Richfield decision on transportation management plans in Utah and oil and gas leasing.

Those attending the field tour must meet at the Monticello branch of the San Juan County Library, 80 N. Main, Monticello, at 8 a.m., for a 15-minute briefing.

All meetings are open to the public; however, transportation, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the participating public.

Statewide business – Sept. 9

After the field tour, the RAC will meet at the San Juan County Library for a business meeting.

Further discussion, the news release said, will include the anti-looting campaign, the statewide programmatic agreement for travel management planning, Moab Master Leasing Plan and updates on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument management plan for livestock grazing.

Ashley National Forest – Sept. 10

On Sept. 10, 8 a.m.–noon, in the meeting room of the Monticello branch of the county library, the RAC and RecRAC will listen to fee presentations from the BLM and the Ashley National Forest. A one-hour public comment period will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. during the session in which the public may address the RAC.

The BLM will present proposals to increase fees at Monticello Field Office campgrounds and the Sand Flats Recreation Area.

The Ashley National Forest will present a proposal to increase their Christmas tree permit fees.

Written comments, submissions

Written comments may also be sent to the BLM as follows:

Sherry Foot, Special Programs Coordinator

Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office

440 W. 200 South, Suite 500

Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

If you wish to submit written material for the RAC and RecRAC to consider during the meeting, please notify Sherry Foot by telephone 801-539-4195 or email no later than Sept. 4. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call 1-800-877-8339

Bureau of Land Management

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 subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation.

The BLM’s mission, according to its release, 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 2014, according to its news release, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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