Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act
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REVIEW OF DESIGNATIONS UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES ACT
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in recognition of the importance of the Nation’s wealth of natural resources to American workers and the American economy, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Designations of national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906, recently recodified at sections 320301 to 320303 of title 54, United States Code (the “Antiquities Act” or “Act”), have a substantial impact on the management of Federal lands and the use and enjoyment of neighboring lands. Such designations are a means of stewarding America’s natural resources, protecting America’s natural beauty, and preserving America’s historic places. Monument designations that result from a lack of public outreach and proper coordination with State, tribal, and local officials….read the whole text here
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Comment Period Extended For Revised Travel Management Plan Proposal
March 24, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah – Based on public interest, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is extending the comment period on a proposal to amend the Travel Management Plan for roads in Farmington Canyon and Lamb’s Canyon for an additional 15 days. The comment period for the proposal begins March 24, 2017 and ends close of business April 10, 2017.
The project proposal requires changes to the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) by establishing summer use dates and winter seasonal closure dates for the two roads and clarifies the Lamb’s Canyon road as a National Forest System road in the Travel Management Plan. These roads are currently closed to highway vehicles during the winter season for public safety and to protect critical watershed. The proposal would establish a summer season of use for the Farmington Canyon Road from June 15 to November 1 and implement a seasonal closure during the winter months from November 1 to June 15. Other uses would continue including pedestrian, skier, and non-motorized winter recreational opportunities.
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral and electronic comments must be received or postmarked by the end of the comment period, Monday, April 10, 2017. Persons who wish to comment should not rely upon dates or information ….
Early Spring Conditions on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 17, 2017 – As the weather warms and snow melts, recreationists are beginning to think about getting out on forest roads and trails.
Dave Whittekiend, Forest Supervisor, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said “In the spring, road and trail surfaces become saturated with moisture and most often will not sustain the weight of motorized vehicles, bicycles and livestock. Recreating on wet, muddy roads and trails can cause resource damage. It is essential that visitors minimize their impact on the land.”
Forest users are responsible for knowing which roads and trails are open to motorized use. Travel Plans and Motor Vehicle Use Maps, which show what roads and trails are open to motorized vehicles, are available at all Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offices. More information is available on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache website at http://fs.usda.gov/uwcnf….
AMERICAN FORK CANYON TWG NOTES/TRAIL UPDATES (courtesy of Brian Twyman and BOAR)
From Cheryl Butler, USFS
Tuesday night we had the March TWG meeting. Thank you to all of those that attended. I will start sending out a week before reminder.
We discussed the following:
- The attached Priority Trails News Release. Please read the attachment for more information-Reply due 4/7. Summary is that the Forest Service is working to identify 15 priority areas across the nation to emphasize maintenance. The regional office is asking for input from the public to help identify priority areas. If you feel that the trails in this area should be a priority based on the criteria outlined in the news release send Chris Hartman an email stating why. If you are part of a group that is already donating hours or would be willing to start volunteering to help with the maintenance please let them know that as well.
- Volunteer Questions. Please see the attached word document. I would love to get answers from anyone willing who has been volunteering. I know what we have here is so incredible and would like to understand in your words why you all do the amazing work you do for your public lands. It may even turn into Facebook posts. Last year we highlighted groups and are thinking this year about highlighting the people who make up those groups.
- Trail Program Changes. Colton Rogers will be on a detail up on the Salt Lake Ranger District until the first part of August. His presence will definitely be missed as he has been a critical component to the success of the program the last three years. We are fortunate that we have three solid returning all-star employees that are eager to take on Colton’s role in addition to their normal duties. For the time being send any emails and correspondence to me.
- Wet Trails. As you all know we have record snow pack this year, while the front country trails are drying out nicely the higher elevation trails are still mostly snow packed. Please be aware that trail/road openings could be delayed depending on how quickly the snow melts. In 2011 when we had less snow the Alpine Loop Road did not open until the end of June. Also keep in mind that the trails are going to be far more vulnerable this year and that adhering to the wet trail closure when it is in effect, and avoiding wet trails in general will be of utmost importance. All use types can cause trail damage if the trails are too saturated. This time of year conditions are continually changing. Be willing to turn back or change your plans. See attached pictures for trail conditions on the Pine Hollow trail and Mill Canyon trail as of the 22nd.
- Trail Updates. If you are out using the trails/roads please send reports of issues and concerns (Rock Fall, drainage issues, mud slides, excessive trees down, clogged culverts etc.). This year with the heavy snow pack, anticipated runoff and soil moisture it could be a very interesting year for our trails. The sooner we are alerted of an issues the more quickly we can work to start resolving it. Ensure you can describe the location and pictures are always helpful.
- Next TWG Meeting: Wednesday April 19th at 5:00
COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED FOR REVISED TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN PROPOSAL 03/30/17
Rainbow Park/ Island Park Road Closed Due to Damage
“News Release Date: March 2, 2017
“Jensen, UT & Dinosaur, CO – Acting Superintendent Eric Gabriel announced the immediate closure of the Rainbow Park/Island Park Road at the monument boundary due to significant road damage. The Rainbow Park Campground and Boat Ramp are not accessible due to the closure…”
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Requesting Comments for Revised Travel Management Plan
February 27, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah – The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is requesting public commentsfor a proposal to revise the Motor Vehicle Use Map and Travel Management Plan for two roads on
the Salt Lake Ranger District…
A comment deadline has not been published
U4WDA is committed to keeping you up to date with the most current land use news. Please keep an eye on our website and our email blasts for the most current information. As of this writing, we are keeping our eye on the following issues:
American Fork Canyon:
The concerns of a possible Snowbird expansion into American Fork Canyon is still looming. As with any private expansion into public lands, there is a real concern that public access to the area will be negatively impacted. As of right now, the ball seems to be in the hands of the Utah County Council. If you are a resident of Utah County, please make sure that your council member know how you feel about this issue.
Recapture Canyon Trail System:
The BLM’s Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment analyzing a proposed trail system for Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah. The various alternatives consider an application by San Juan County for a right-of-way access, possible trail systems from between 7.5 and 13.75 miles, and considers whether the BLM or San Juan County would have responsibility for the proposed trail system. More information can be found on our website. The public comment deadline is 10/24/2016
Utah Public Lands Initiative:
On 9/22/2016, the US House Committee on Natural Resources passed the Utah Public Lands Initiative UPLI) Act (H.R. 5780 (Rep. Rob Bishop) by a vote of 21-13. The UPLI has been a very controversial process to those interests parties in the state of Utah including U4WDA, various environmental groups, and the counties affected by the bill. Note that San Juan, Emery, and Carbon Counties showed support for the bill during the hearings. Grand County decided about a month ago to withdraw its support for the bill. At this point, the ball is in the hands of the US House of Representatives to either hold a vote on the floor or not. More information can be found on our website.
- BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Trail System for Recapture Canyon - A range of alternatives is considered, including off-highway vehicle use MONTICELLO, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking
- BLM Seeks Public Comment on Red Canyon Road Reroute - MONTICELLO, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed ROW application
- Committee Passes Locally-Driven Utah Public Lands Initiative - WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2016 -Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on five bills including H.R. 5780 (Rep. Rob Bishop), the
- Ogden Ranger District Travel Management Plan - Release Date: Oct 5, 2016 Contact(s): KJ Pollock (801) 558-8016 Twitter: https://twitter.com/UWCNF Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Forest-Service-Uinta-Wasatch-Cache-National-Forest/1477262249207367 OGDEN RANGER DISTRICT TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN Ogden, Utah, October 4, 2016 –
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