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The Bureau of Land Management Utah’s West Desert District and Salt Lake Field Office staff gave an outstanding tour of sites in their area to showcase urban interface with public lands. There were three tour stops:

  • Lake Mountains – where issues discussed focused on impacts from target shooting on nearby petroglyphs, local partnerships with county governments and law enforcement agencies, establishment of a shooting range, and travel management. In addition, this site is often used as an outdoor classroom for local school student.
  • Five Mile Pass – topics presented included impacts from Off-Highway Vehicle use, expansion/maintenance of facilities, impacts from recreation fees and pending plan amendments.
  • North Oquirrh Management Area, Yates Springs – as the closest BLM-managed land to the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, this area sees increased visitation yearly and poses opportunities for recreation development and travel management.

Lunch was held at Clover Springs Campground and Salt Lake Field Office manager Matt Preston discussed the local infrastructure involving a mix of public and private land, the Skull Valley Land Exchange, and information about the nearby Onaqui wild horses (public viewing, fire impacts, gather).

Participants also came together later that evening for a Dutch Oven Dinner held at North Canyon Park in Bountiful.

West Desert District Manager Kevin Oliver speaks to the group at Lake Mountains
Participants listen to Lake Mountains discussion
BLM’s Mike Sheehan discusses impacts of target shooting on nearby petroglyphs
BLM ranger Camm Stephenson discusses law enforcement coordination at Lake Mountains
PLF founder George Lea with his daughter, Diana Lea
2017 George Lea Scholarship recipients Kaitlyn Williams (l) and Kate Gille (r)
Elaine Zielinski asks a question
Lunch break at Clover Springs Campground
Salt Lake Field Manager Matt Preston discusses issues at Clover Springs
Jeff Holdren
PLF Vice-President Don Simpson
North Oquirrh Management Area
Jim May
PLF Secretary Geoff Middaugh makes a point
John and Jean Fend
Bob Conquergood
Tim and Phyllis O’Brien
PLF President Jesse Juen thanks the BLM managers and staff
Bill Lamb introduces guest speaker Stu Carlson
Stu Carlson recites some of his cowboy poetry
Dutch Oven Dinner at North Canyon Park in Bountiful
Sunset falls over Bountiful, Utah. Photo by Ray Brady.