Thursday, January 3, 2013

BLM resource plan motorizes central Utah, lawsuit says

BLM’s planning document for a vast swath of federal land in central Utah authorizes motorized access on a 4,277-mile "spider web," including traffic on roadless areas, conservationists allege in their latest legal salvo attacking six land-use plans approved during the waning months of the Bush administration. The Richfield resource management plan, or RMP, also reserves too much land for oil and gas at the expense of endangered species, archaeological sites, air quality, sensitive desert landscapes and quiet recreation, according to a brief filed last week by a consortium led by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Salt Lake Tribune