Public Lands

by Bill Boyle Nearly two months has passed since headlines around the country declared that a land grab was about to take place in San Juan County. ‘“Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands to Begin Friday” screamed EcoWatch. The stories suggested that an influx of speculators...
For several decades, the wilderness debate in San Juan County has focused on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In contrast, many assumed that wilderness on Forest Service lands in the county was apparently settled. That may change however, as the US Forest Service...
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host four public scoping meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Six separate land use plans will be developed, including one for the Shash Jaa unit and...
Celebrate Cedar Mesa, an annual gathering focused on the archaeology of San Juan County, took place last weekend in Bluff, drawing a sold-out crowd from around the Four Corners and beyond. The three-day event is hosted in March by Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) and features service...
Approximately 100 local residents learned more about the proposed Bears Ears Congressional bill at a town-hall style meeting on February 12 in Monticello. Congressman John Curtis is sponsoring the bill and seeks public input on it. The bill has been introduced before a subcommittee and...
DUST IN THE WINDby Bill Boyle I enjoyed the town-hall meeting hosted by Congressman John Curtis on February 12 in Monticello. See the story here. About 100 local residents participated in the event, which focused on Curtis’ bill to codify the changes to Bears Ears National Monument. I...
by Bill Boyle While headlines across the county screamed about a land rush in the past week, the on-the-ground reality tells a much different story in San Juan County… at least for now. “‘Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab of Public Lands to Begin Friday” screamed EcoWatch. “Our Public...
A federal government shutdown over the past weekend has slowed the already snail-like pace in the US House of Representatives, where a bill has been introduced to formalize changes to Bears Ears National Monument. H.R. 4532, the Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National...
A bill to formalize the creation of Bears Ears National Monument has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Curtis. Curtis states that House Resolution 4532 would create the first tribally-managed national monument. The bill would create a clear...

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