What it is: A public meeting to provide the public with an overview of the Moab Master Leasing Plan, a document that will regulate future oil, gas, and potash development on public lands in Grand County and San Juan County. During the meeting officials will also respond to questions and take public comments.
Who should attend: Anyone who cares about public lands within Grand County and San Juan County
Why you should attend: To ask questions, have your voice heard, and be part of a public process
Background: Public lands are big business for Moab’s outdoor recreation economy. Two of the nation’s most iconic national parks – Arches and Canyonlands – bring thousands of visitors each year into Utah. And Moab’s main street is bustling with visitors that have come to enjoy a broad range of recreation opportunities on lands that surround the parks: including jeeping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and river running – the list continues to grow.
If we want to maintain a healthy, thriving, and diverse local economy in Moab, we have to protect recreation access on America public lands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is currently crafting a Moab “master leasing plan” with the input of tourism and recreation businesses, the oil and gas industry, potash mining companies, local officials, and the public.
This locally-driven process can protect our parks and public lands that drive a diverse outdoor recreation economy, while ensuring oil and gas drilling occurs responsibly and in the right places. A final plan is anticipated in early 2016.
Information from Public Land Solutions