The Utah Recreational Land Exchange Act of 2009 directs the exchange of lands between the Secretary of the Interior and Utah’s State School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA). The exchange involves approximately 46,000 acres of state lands and 36,000 acres of BLM-managed lands located within Uintah, Grand, and San Juan counties in eastern Utah.
Public comments must be submitted by May 17, according to a news release from the BLM.
Under the agreement, the federal government would acquire recreation and conservation lands within wilderness study areas, areas of critical environmental concern, and other sensitive areas; SITLA would acquire lands that have a high potential for energy development.
Additional information about the proposed exchange is included in the EA, which is now available for public review and comment. An electronic copy of the EA is available online at the BLM’s Electronic Notification Bulletin Board, https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; enter “Utah Recreational Land Exchange” in the project name.
BLM officials said they are seeking comments that “identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information.” Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process, according to the news release.
When submitting comments, reference “Utah Recreational Land Exchange” in the subject line. Written comments should be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Joy Wehking, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Comments may also be submitted by email to BLM_ut_comments@blm.gov.