YDKJ 1/1/2018

***Utah RAC Openings.

Utah State

We should have at least one Rock Hound and one Four Wheeler on these R AC’s. Be sure and ask for a reference from UAR and your club.

Lola Bird, BLM Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101801-539-4033.


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee

Larry Crutchfield, BLM Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Office, 669 South Highway 89 A, Kanab, UT 84741, 435-644-1209.


St. George RAC meeting minutes.



***Endangered Species Act misused again, this time in Illinois

Add another page to the long and ugly history of obstructionist Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation. Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a lawsuit to halt the construction of a critical bridge in the Chicago area. Despite numerous rulings by Illinois state agencies and courtsto the contrary, the suit claims the bridge will harm the rusty patched bumble-bee. Ironically, the real victimis the communitythey have chosen to target.Remember the Spayed Toad Toad, Spotted Owl, Snail Darter and Prairie Dog. They were all used to close areas and close down businesses and take private property.

H.R. 1800 (Rep. Rob Bishop of UT), To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain Federal land to facilitate scientific research supporting Federal space and defense programs. 80 acres to University of Utah. LAND CONVEYANCE, WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, RICH COUNTY,UTAH. Does anyone know if this affects us, let Jack know.

***I urge everyone to try recreation.gov and let them know how you feel about four wheeling and rock hounding. https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#

President Trump will visit Utah next Monday 12/04/2017 to announce the changes to Monuments Escalante and Bears Ears. Rumor has it that the Paria Canyon Road has been mentioned by name and we at UAR (U4WDA/ALAA/RMFMS) are hopeful that the road will be re-opened because we and others have been trying to re-open it since 2007. UPDATE: It has happened and we are now waiting to find out what it means. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-modifying-bears-ears-national-monument/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-modifying-grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument/

Had a meeting with Aaron Curtis, branch chief for the BLM’s Outdoor and Heritage Resources, on Monday 11/03/2017 with Ron Tolman of U4WDA. It was basically about setting the ground rules for future meetings and requests to keep roads and rock collecting sites open in Utah. The BLM is scheduled to work on the South East portion of the state this coming year.

John A. (Jack) Johnston,- UAR – Public Lands Advocate

4091 W Swensen Farm Dr

Riverton, UT 84096


Clan Johnston/e in America (CJA)

Utah 4 Wheel Drive Association (U4WDA)

American Land Access Association (Rockhounds) ALAA

Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (Rockhound) RMFMS