Opposing the Excessive Public Land Regulations – BLM Draft

Celeste Maloy the Deputy County Attorney at Washington County Attorney’s Office spoke to the Enterprise City Council on Wednesday to explain the excessive public land regulations in the BLM Draft Resource Management Plans.

What would happen if this plan was approved?

• The elimination of the county’s largest open ATV ride area, in and around the Mineral Mountain and Gold Strike areas and in its place a new 87,000 acre multi-species management area that will limit access and could potentially limit mining, hunting, grazing, and OHV use;

• The introduction of the endangered California Condor into the area or any other protected species;

• The unjustified restrictions on grazing that will directly harm area ranchers;

• The BLM’s acquisition of water rights and any new limitations on water passing through or leaving the NCAs (Water planning should be carried out by the local population and not federal land managers!);

• The elimination of language requiring local collaboration and cooperation in public land management;

• The lack of a corridor route in any alternative that would allow a northern corridor along the route preferred by Washington County;

• The proposal of 3 new Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in the preferred alternative—when all concerns could be addressed through management rather than a land designation;

• The unnecessarily large designation for the Old Spanish Trail Corridor;

• Additional restrictions on recreation possibly through the SERMA classifications;

• Managing large portions of the NCAs as if they were wilderness;

• Failure to address the economic consequences to citizens and governments of Washington County;

• Increasing the difficulty of accessing public lands by the elderly and people with disabilities; and

• Interfering with traditional historic uses like hunting, fishing, and rock gathering.

The BLM Draft Resource Management Plans will affect the county, municipalities, and other local groups. In order to stop this draft from becoming the final document, your voice needs to be heard before October 15th.

Send an email to BLM St. George Field Office with your name and your voice will be heard.

Click the link below to send your opposition on this matter

If you have any further questions please contact the Enterprise City Offices at www.enterpriseutah.org

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