Environment & Public Lands
12:29 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Land Swap Proposed in Skull Valley

Areas highlighted in blue are currently private land. Areas highlighted in yellow are public land proposed for exchange.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment on a proposed land swap in the Skull Valley area of Utah's West Desert.   It would trade about 14,000 acres, mostly near the town of Terra, for a similar acreage of private land in and around the Onaqui Mountains east of Dugway. 

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance supports the trade.  Field Director Ray Bloxham says this is an unspoiled area of the state.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:47 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

BLM Approves Plan for Drilling Near Desolation Canyon

The Green River flows through Utah's Desolation Canyon
Adam Swisher, National Outdoor Leadership School

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan proposed by Gasco to drill 1,300 new oil and gas wells in eastern Utah over the next 15 years.  Some of the wells will be drilled in the Desolation Canyon area near the Green River.  That has environmental groups warning of what they call a "disaster."

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