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Labyrinth Canyon, nominated for an oil and gas drilling lease.
Ray Bioxham/SUWA

If you find yourself at Islands in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park, your evening view might be interrupted by oil and gas drilling.  

How The New Wild Horse Plan Could Affect Utah

Oct 8, 2019
Bureau of Land Management

Congress is getting closer to approving an updated plan for managing the increasing number of wild horses in the United States. The proposed bill increases the budget for the Bureau of Land Management by $50 million.

Ray Bloxham / Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

In between the San Rafael Swell and Capitol Reef National Park, Factory Butte rises out of the desert like an impossible pyramid of shale in a sandstone sea. Clearly visible from U.S. Highway 24, the butte is often the muse of photographers and day tourists captivated by its grandeur and moon-like hills surrounding it. 

A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.

William Perry Pendley was announced as the acting director of much of the country’s federal lands Monday. The thing is, Pendley thinks the government shouldn’t even own those lands. 

US Forest Service

This year the Dingell Natural Resources Act was signed into law. This act designated over 600,000 acres of wilderness in Utah and created the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. But not everyone is happy about this.

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Moab’s sweeping vistas, roaring whitewater and unique wildlife make it a hotspot for river rafting, helicopter tour, and for conflict over recreation impacts. The Bureau of Land Management’s Moab field office recently nullified their decision and canceled a special recreation permit for a helicopter shuttle, pending further study on impacts to desert bighorn sheep.

Bureau of Land Management / U.S. Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Land Management is tasked to maintain the delicate balance between protecting wild horses and burros while conserving rangelands. Unfortunately, the current population of 81,950 wild horses and burros is more than three times the size public lands can support. 


From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grassland and wildlife habitat.

But more than 99 percent of it is in 12 Western states, hundreds of miles from Washington.

Popular Kanarra Creek Hiking Land Purchased By BLM

Apr 13, 2017
U.S. Bureau of Land Management


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently bought land at the mouth of a canyon in southwest Utah. The bureau purchased 41 acres of popular hiking land in Kanarraville, a rural town in Iron County.

Archaeologists Urge Obama to Protect Bears Ears

Jun 16, 2016

More than 700 archaeologists have signed a letter urging President Obama to protect the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah.