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Final Green and Colorado Comprehensive Management Plan Development and Mineral Leasing Plan

June 26, 2019
by John Weisheit

Gray Canyon in the foreground and Desolation Canyon in the background; Green River.
Gray Canyon in the foreground and Desolation Canyon in the background; Green River.

Utah's Resource Development Coordinating Committee (RDCC) of the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office

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FINAL DOCUMENTS: RELEASED ON JANUARY 6, 2020

Green and Colorado Rivers Comprehensive Management Plans & Mineral Leasing Plan

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) is developing the first comprehensive management plans (CMPs) for state-owned, sovereign land sections of the Colo­rado and Green Rivers, and updating the existing Mineral Leasing Plan (MLP) for these sovereign lands in  Uintah, Grand, Emery, Wayne, Garfield, Kane, and San Juan Counties. Utah Admin Code R652-2-100 authorizes FFSL to prescribe land management objectives for sovereign lands. The beds of navigable waters within the state, including portions of the Green and Colorado River, are owned by the state but held in trust for the public. FFSL is required to ensure that all uses on, beneath, or above the bed of the Green and Colorado Rivers are regulated to ensure the protection of navigation, fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic beauty, public recreation and water quality. The development of a comprehensive management plan will help to ensure that FFSL maintains clear and consistent guidance regarding the management of the Green and Colorado River resources. The development of a specific minerals resource management plan will allow FFSL to implement detailed guidelines on resource development on sovereign lands.

Public Involvement
We welcome your input throughout the planning process. During the months of March and April 2018, FFSL will present information regarding the CMP and MLP process and seek public participation at open house meetings in each county that contains state-owned sovereign land sections of the rivers. Please attend the open house most convenient for you. If you cannot attend a meeting in person, you may also make comments via the project website. Please visit the project website for more details.

Public comments for the Draft CMP are due on July 19, 2019

Comments can be submitted at the public meetings, online at the project website, or via e-mail to the addresses below:

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Gretchen Semerad
gsemerad@swca.com
801-322-4307

Laura Vernon
lauravernon@utah.gov
801-538-5530

It is anticipated that the final CMPs and MLP and Decision Document will be completed by December 2019.


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