A land exchange deal which would allow for a land trade between school lands and the Bureau of Land Management is close to finalization after nearly ten years of negotiations.
The Bureau of Land Management acquired world-class recreation sites such as Corona Arch and Morning Glory Arch in a 60-million-acre land exchange with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
Credit Bureau of Land Management
Under the exchange nearly 60 million acres of land, appraised at equal value, will be traded between the Utah School Institutional Trust Lands Administration and the BLM.
The BLM’s Megan Crandall said through the trade SITLA would receive 35,000 acres of land from the BLM in exchange for more than 25,000 acres in Uintah, Grand and San Juan counties.
“Through the exchange the Bureau of Land Management is going to get some wonderful lands with increased recreational opportunities, which is great," said Crandall. "But the state is also going to get some lands that have very high potential for energy development."
The land exchange was approved earlier this year and is now open to public inspection. SITLA Director John Andrews said after the comment period ends, concerns will be investigated before the deal moves to the legislature.
"Once the protest period is over, there are a couple of additional notices that the BLM has to file with the relevant congressional committees and then the only thing left to do is to exchange the title documents and record the deeds," said Andrews.
Andrews expects the exchange to be finalized in early May.
My wife and I drove up the River Road (Hwy 128) Sunday while it was raining, to see the waterfalls (I think we saw about 30) coming off the cliffs. We weren't alone. There were hundreds of gawkers enjoying this rare sight. These are the result of literal flash floods on top of the mesa rushing over the edge. Some day I'd like to see them from the top…
Our weather has been splendid for the last couple weeks, with even some much-needed rain last weekend. Things are still muddy and dead-looking, but the trails are scattered with locals out taking their first-of-the-year hikes.
This is my favorite time of the year around town. It's just before the clouds of visitors come, but the weather is soooo inviting. Shopkeepers on Main Street are so cheerfully sweeping in front of their shops, waving at their neighbor/competitors in unbridled optimism. It's just a joy-filled time to reward us for all the back-breaking grinding work that "the season" brings. NOT THAT ANY OF US ARE COMPLAINING!
So I click on a random “amazing people” youtube link, and what’s the first scene? MOAB! I should never be surprised when it comes to adventurers in this area. The opening scene is probably the same footage that inspired a number of bungee jumpers to go off Corona Arch. Make this one full frame!
I know I’m late reporting this, but I just found a sad news clip from project leaders of a new GRCA MTB trail. Originally, the idea was:
The USFS and IMBA are planning a trailwork session on the Rainbow Rim Trail, this work will include constructing a new section of trail. Ride and camp out at Timp Point on Saturday October 12th, trail work will be on Sunday October 13th. More details to follow.
I’m sorry to report that due to the gov shut down, the Rainbow Rim trail work event will be postponed until spring 2014. Thanks to everyone that was planning on attending, I hope you can join us when we reschedule:(
Sorry folks, as Melissa said, we have to postpone the trailwork session on the Rainbow Rim Trail for now, due to the government shutdown. We’ll send out an update with a rescheduled date, likely in 2014. Thanks.
If you don’t have any traditional place to go during this holiday, there’s a lot of good food going around. There’s the Youth Garden Project dinner, Buck’s Grill and Sunset Grill, among others. Have a feast…
Here’s an interesting CNN article for your amusement:
This is a magical time of year around here when the pace slows, weather becomes interesting, trees become prettier and the tourist become fewer but more appreciative. They can sense the mystical, spiritual power embedded in this land. We residents transform into sages, philosophizing and praying to our closest spiritual guides.
This has really been felt in Moab Utah where we depend on tourism from our two national parks, two national monuments and a state park. My clients are wondering if they can disconnect their phones for a while so they don’t have to take their cancellations!
If you want a clue on what other Federal shutdowns have done to our country, here’s a quick link:
Wish me luck! This is no easy task. The blog may go down for a while during this experiment. I may lose all the stats and new posts like this one. So If you don’t see this next week, you’ll know why. Thanks for your support!
There’s a chill in the air! Although it still gets plenty warm during the day, we’re experiencing about 60° temperatures in the morning. I wonder how many residents here will miss the 110° days of last month!
Well, it looks like we get more road construction and repair on Main Street in the middle of tourism season. To be fair, there’s probably worse times to have this done. Didn’t we recently have Main Street torn up and replaced with cement pavement? I am curious on where we will get to squeeze into one lane this June. Here’s the official statement:
Moab Main Street Project Update: 5/28/2013
The project recently went to bid, and the contract was awarded to the W.W. Clyde Construction Companies. This project is scheduled to begin on or after July 29th of this year.
We will send out additional construction information as it becomes available.
Two separate sections of Moab Main Street will have two inches of old pavement removed and replaced with new pavement. The road will not be widened, and one lane will remain open in each direction through the construction zones.
The existing curbs and gutters will remain in place, and some pedestrian ramps will be added.
The northern section of the project extends from 200 North to milepost 126.29 (by the Inca Inn).
The southern section of the project extends from 300 South to Holyoak Lane. There will be no Main Street construction from 200 North to 300 South.
For More Information:
Please contact: Scott Henriksen
Moab Main Street Asphalt Sections
Public Information Manager
Toll-Free Hotline: 1-855-307-9363
So, on Resurrection Sunday, I got up early and went to the services in Arches National Park. Unlike previous years, it was warm and calm. This made for a beautiful experience for the 200ish people that attended.
We love to juice vegetables here. I took this picture because the person I wanted to taste the juice wasn’t there before the raw materials were there. Juice tastes so much better when you see what goes into it. Fresh, bright healthy plants taste so good…
We’ve been out of touch for the winter, but let me tell you, it was cold! I saw it as cold as -17 out by the airport, and -10 on my porch. Now February is a different story, warming up to the mid 40s with clear blue sky. Optimistic shop owners are sweeping off their sidewalks and waving greetings to each other. I love this time of year!
Moab is high desert – 4240 ft. elevation. Surrounded by red rock cliffs, rising 1,800 feet above the valley floor, it can be raining on one side of town and sunny on the other. Happens all the time. Summer is 100+ and winter has been sub-zero. When you average it out, we have a 70 degree climate. Tourism season is February to November. Then it calms down.
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