Urges the BLM to implement the strongest plan possible to protect tourism and recreation values on our public lands and rivers while facilitating the responsible development of oil and gas drilling and potash mining.
Outdoor Recreation Industry, Small Businesses and Recreation Advocates Applaud Interior Department’s Final Moab Master Leasing Plan
This plan is a win-win for all stakeholders and marks an important milestone for the recreation industry.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the Final Moab Master Leasing Plan that will bring balanced zoning for oil, gas and potash development in and around the Moab area, including the federal lands between Arches and Canyonlands national parks.
The Grand County Council, in a split vote Nov. 17, has approved a list of recommendations it will ask the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider as the agency finalizes its Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP). BLM officials have said the MLP, which covers approximately 785,000 acres of local public lands, will provide a guiding document for land-use decisions, including leasing stipulations, management practices and development constraints for new oil, gas and potash leasing for the next 15 years.
If federal land managers want to know where Grand County stands on their proposed Master Leasing Plan for the greater Moab area, they only have to look back to the county council’s recent discussions about eastern Utah’s public lands initiative.
OIA, BlueRibbon Coalition, Public Land Solutions and more voice support for balancing recreation and energy development
Today, the Outdoor Industry Association, BlueRibbon Coalition, Public Land Solutions, and over 75 Utah-based business sent letters to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.