Moab Master Leasing Plan Update

by | Aug 18, 2014 | Master Leasing Plans, MLP-Moab

Moab Master Leasing Plan Update

Last May, the Utah Bureau of Land Management released preliminary draft plans for how to strike a balance between the conservation of public lands and protection of the outdoor recreation and tourism industries with oil and gas development and potash mining on more than 900,000 acres of public lands in the Moab area.

Businesses and conservationists have come out in strong support for the Utah BLM’s work, Secretary Sally Jewell’s leadership, and for Alternative C which would provide the best protections to lands critical to the outdoor recreation economy. Throughout the summer, the outdoor recreation industry has been busy providing support to the Utah BLM effort.

Public Land Solutions compiled summary of all the great activity that’s been happening on Storify that includes news stories, ads, and videos. It’s worth taking the time to check out here:https://storify.com/PLSolutions/outdoor-recreation-businesses-gear-up

The business support began with two full page ads in the local Moab papers that highlighted a letter by 56 Utah businesses (the majority of which were from Moab) thanking Utah BLM and the work to protecting Moab’s outdoor recreation economy which generates hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity.

And at the early August Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Utah, Public Land Solutions launched a new five-day paid advertising campaign that featured business leaders from Camelbak, Osprey, Petzl, Dakine, and Smith Opitcs. Here are two of those ads:

Camelback   Petzl

Petzl also hosted the premiere of a new video from the Center for American Progress in support of the Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP). The booth was overflowing with attendees and hats were handed-out hats that said “Moab,#playbabyplay“.

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The Center for American Progress video garnered regional media attention in the Deseret NewsKSL TV’s online site, and KUER radio.

Lastly, while there has been some pushback from the local county, the Grand County Council has been publicly moderating their position on the issue and recently spoke to the need to reengage on the Moab Master Leasing Plan effort in the local paper. Also, the county looks poised to make recommendations for land protections as part of the Bishop process. A former Grand County councilor published a letter-to-the-editor criticizing the council’s recent statement to BLM and noted how critical the outdoor recreation industry was to the county’s tax base, especially in comparison to oil and gas revenues.