Vernal Resource Management Plan

"Motorized vehicles not only degrade the environment, but ruin the outdoor experience for quiet recreationists - hikers, backpackers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The BLM's mission is to manage public lands for multiple uses, not to create a playground for one group at the expense of others and the environment."
--The Salt Lake Tribune, August 29, 2008  Read editorial

Located in Utah’s extreme northeastern corner, the Vernal BLM district includes lands around Dinosaur National Monument and north to Browns Park and south into the Book Cliffs.  This diverse landscape contains habitat for Utah’s largest black bear population and offers premier wilderness canoeing and whitewater rafting opportunities on the White and Green Rivers.  Unfortunately, this region of Utah has also seen the most dramatic increase in oil and gas leasing and development in the state.  As access roads, drill pads, and new wells continue to multiply, remaining lands with wilderness character are in great peril.

Status: Final Vernal RMP released, Protest Period ended September 22, 2008.


Wilderness in the Vernal BLM District

Upper Desolation Canyon

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Thumbnail of Wilderness Proposal Map