Dingell Act | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Dingell Act

Posted November 26th, 2021

Now that the comment period is closed, we'll keep you up to date on any news we receive from the BLM about any opportunities to help with the steering committees on these new areas. If you hear about anything related to the Dingell Act areas, please use the Contact link on the bottom of the page to get a hold of us! Thanks for all your support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dingell Act

Help us preserve access to our amazing backcountry airstrips!

Please email your unique comments to:

blm_ut_vernal_comments@blm.gov

blm_ut_vn_comments@blm.gov

Or submit them using this form:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/1501021/595/8002590/comment

Good Afternoon!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has initiated the planning amendments in Eastern Utah as they work to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr Conservation, Management, and Recreational Act. The Green River District has hosted two public meetings to gauge interest in these plans, and in these meetings, we've learned the value of our opportunity to submit comments that will help them develop these plans for the future.

To help show support for the many airstrips across these areas to remain open and accessible through the amendments of these resource management plans, we strongly urge you to submit individual comments to the BLM before Friday, January 7th. (Earlier this date was reported as November 27, then December 3, but has now been amended to January 7)

When we submit these comments individually, we can truly have an impact on aviation's continued access to our public lands, so while a form letter may be easy to send, they will not be counted (or read) separately. What would help the most is a personally worded letter that covers some of these suggested talking points:

Introducing yourself as a pilot that frequents the backcountry airstrips across Utah for recreational purposes. Those of you who engage in other outdoor activities at these airstrips like hiking, rock climbing, camping, etc, should address how these airstrips open up these possibilities on our public lands.

Mention that organizations such as the Utah Back Country Pilots Association (UBCP) have over 25 years of working history with the BLM to establish and propagate protocols (such as Leave-no-Trace) while maintaining airstrips through volunteer efforts and self-raised funds.

Request that aviation be identified as a valid mode of transportation access within the affected areas, providing opportunities for people who may not have any other reasonable way to access these lands in the least impactful way possible.

Identify that the UBCP works together with Utah State Aeronautics to identify these airstrips and that their status should continue to be open to the public. These airstrips serve as trailheads for pilots in addition to those who may be serving in ambulatory, life-saving, fire fighting, and rescue operations.


The UBCP encourages all of its members and supporters to submit comments via mail, email, or through the BLM’s ePlanning website by Friday, January 7th, 2022. You can submit your comments to the following addresses (both!):

Amber Koski
170 S 500 E
Vernal UT 84078
435-781-4400
blm_ut_vn_comments@blm.gov
blm_ut_vernal_comments@blm.gov

 

Links to the specific areas being amended along with airstrips that may exist in or near these areas are defined below (thanks Wendy!):

Desolation/Turtle Canyon Wilderness Area
https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015232/510
Chandler Canyon - 39.46668°N/110.0167°W
Daddy Spring - 39.69517°N/110.25034°W
Sagebrush Flat - 39.7409°N/110.11047°W
Stone Cabin - 39.77733°N/110.31817°W
Tavaputs UT09 (airstrip on private land)
Range Creek (closed) - 39.35732°N/110.12855°W

Green River Wild, Scenic & Recreation Area Wilderness Area
https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015244/510
[No airstrips in wild or scenic river segments]
Mineral Canyon UT75 - 38.53118°N/109.99502°W
Spring Canyon - 38.6397°N/109.96917°W
Keg Knoll - 38.56748°N/110.10048°W
Horseshoe Canyon - 38.51318°N/110.10618°W
Willow Spring - 38.44567°N/110.1365°W
Gruvers Mesa - 38.71559°N/110.19783°W
White Wash Sand Dunes - 38.81423°N/110.04275°W

San Rafael Swell Recreational Area Wilderness
https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2011631/510
Mexican Mountain - 39.01903°N/110.4505°W
Cedar Mountain - 39.1885°N/110.60285°W
Hidden Splendor - 38.56867°N/110.95666°W
Cliff Dweller Flat - 38.87283°N/110.56966°W
Gruvers Mesa - 38.71559°N/110.19783°W
Red Reef - 38.63999°N/110.25752°W
Keg Knoll - 38.56748°N/110.10048°W
Horseshoe Canyon - 38.51318°N/110.10618°W
Willow Spring - 38.48945°N/110.11915°W
Sweetwater Reef - 38.5505°N/110.32034°W
Blackburn Draw - 38.4967°N/110.61383°W
Temple Mountain - 38.64853°N/110.6578°W
Mckay Flat - 38.71667°N/110.86166°W
Sagebrush Bench - 38.8175°N/110.92934°W
Factory Butte - 38.4867°N/110.915°W

John Wesley Powell National Conservation Area
https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015251/510
Taylor Flat (closed) - 40.89008°N/109.15668°W
Brush Creek - 40.6025°N/109.50717°W

 

 

Please send your unique comments to:

blm_ut_vn_comments@blm.gov

blm_ut_vernal_comments@blm.gov

Or submit them using this form:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/1501021/595/8002590/comment