Judge Orders BLM to Redo Plan for Central Utah

Published on November 05, 2013 at 11:17AM


A judge has overturned a plan for managing public lands in central Utah that opened more than ,200 miles of dirt roads and trails to motorized use. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled on Monday that a U.S. land-management agency failed to consider how vehicles might damage archaeological sites. The ruling sends the Richfield district plan back to the BLM. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and other environmental groups hailed the decision. They say it’s the first land-use plan prepared by the former administration of President George W. Bush to be struck down in Utah. The Bush administration developed six plans guiding the use of Utah’s public range lands, from oil and gas drilling to all-terrain vehicle use.