Good News for Protecting the Moab Region

Photo: Camilla Simon

Photo: Camilla Simon

The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced today that they have finalized a blueprint for responsible development in Moab, Utah. HECHO supports this effort and released the following statement today:

HECHO Commends Bureau of Land Management for the Announcement of Measures to Protect the Moab Region in Utah

Washington, D.C. - The following is a statement from Camilla Simon, Director of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), on the announcement by the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Moab master leasing plan.

“We commend the Bureau of Land Management for the release of the Moab master leasing plan, a win-win measure for Utah residents, recreation businesses, and oil and gas companies. This plan will enable Utah stakeholders to operate and plan for the future in a responsible and balanced way by supporting economic development while also protecting and conserving the vast natural treasures of the Moab region.

“Whether it is hiking, camping, fishing, or recreating in the Moab region Latinos have been enjoying the great outdoors for generations.  It connects us to our ancestors, and guides how we see our future. Yet over the years we have seen these public lands increasingly impacted by development, and our access compromised. Development is a reality, but should not come at the expense of the lands that we continue to depend upon for recreation, sustenance, and the growing tourism economy.

“The Moab master leasing plan represents a model for the nation that brings together the many voices that have a stake in the economic and environmental future of Moab. Using common sense and their unique expertise, local stakeholders – including business leaders, elected officials, outdoor recreation leaders, and citizens – worked with the Bureau of Land Management in Moab to craft a balanced and sustainable plan for future energy development.

“We look forward to the implementation of the plan and to working together with the Bureau of Land Management to replicate this model in other areas in the country like Chaco Canyon (NM), South Park (CO), Greater Little Mountain (WY), and Southwest Colorado.”