The Bureau of Land Management released a Notice of Decision for the exchange of public and private land in Tooele County, Utah.
The land exchange provides the public with first-time access to recreation areas allowing big game hunting, preserves wildlife habitat and improves management of public lands.
More than 11,000 acres of public land will be conveyed to the BLM in exchange for more than 12,000 acres of non-contiguous federal land.
“Land exchanges like this reflect the BLM’s commitment to being a good neighbor in a way that mutually benefits federal and private lands,” said BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed in a BLM news release. “This is an agreement in which everyone, especially those seeking increased public land access and recreational opportunities, comes out ahead.”
The land exchange is the most recent example of complying with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s Secretarial Order 3356 seeking ways to support and expand hunting and fishing, enhance conservation stewardship, improve wildlife management and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.
“The lands proposed for exchange are located an hour west from the Salt Lake Valley and will increase public access to big game hunting areas, historical landmarks and recreational areas, and will gain additional lands for sage-grouse habitat, wild horse herd management areas, and critical winter range for mule deer. In addition, the BLM will acquire a water right at Slater Spring, which is a valuable water source for the wild horse herds and wildlife such as mule deer, pronghorn, rocky mountain elk, and upland game birds,” said the BLM news release. A map of the proposed area can be found here.
The NOD initiates a 45-day public protest period that ends at 4:30 p.m. MST on Sept. 14, 2018. Project details are available at https://go.usa.gov/xUaCN.