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Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Call to Action

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting four public scoping meetings for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Southern Utah.  The BLM encourages the public to submit comments that will be used to help set the scope of the review of the land use plans. 

Utah Back Country Pilots (UBCP) are concerned about preserving aviation's access to these public lands, and has submitted comments to the BLM regarding both Monuments.

UBCP encourages RAF members to voice your concerns to the BLM. Your comments will help continue to establish aviation as a recreational activity worthy of access to our public lands. 

Bears Ears National Monument: Airstrips within this Monument are Dry Fork Canyon and Mule Canyon.  

Comments must be submitted by April 11th

Email to: blm_ut_monticello_monuments@blm.gov 

or via mail to P.O. Box 7 Monticello, UT 84535.  

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Airstrips contained within this Monument are Collett Top and Squaw Bench.

Comments must be submitted by April 13th

Email to: BLM_UT_CCD_monuments@blm.gov 

or via mail to 669 S Hwy 89A Kanab, UT 84741.

Please write, in your own words, in a positive manner using the points below as a suggestion: 

  • Introduce yourself as a pilot. If you access the Utah Back Country in private aircraft to recreate, state that.  If you camp, hike, rock climb, fish, or the like, discuss how aviation allows you to accomplish these activities.
     
  • Mention that groups such as the RAF and UBCP work side-by-side with the BLM to establish protocols and maintain airstrips through volunteer efforts and self-raised funds.
     
  • Request that aviation be identified as a valid mode of access within the affected areas.
     
  • Specifically request that airstrips within the affected areas remain open to the public and that you are against the closing of any airstrips that could potentially provide access to pilots, search and rescue teams, fire fighting aircraft, and other emergency aircraft.

Thank you!