The Bureau of Land Management has announced it has removed two parcels of land that contain part of the Slickrock trail from its upcoming competitive oil
and gas lease sale.
We reported in January
that the BLM was opening seven parcels of land in total in Grand County, Utah, two of which were in the Salt Flats where Slick Rock is located. One of these was said to cover two-thirds of the trail. The land was nominated for consideration in November 2019 by an anonymous company.
Pressure from local groups including mountain bikers and local officials has led to the withdrawal of the two parcels of land before any environmental assessment or a public comment period.
The remaining parcels of land in the lease have been submitted for an environmental assessment that is open for public review and comment this week. The sale of those parcels of land is due to take place in June 2020. More information can be found here