Colorado River Plans

The Green and Colorado Comprehensive Management Plan Development and Mineral Leasing Plan Update

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) is developing the first comprehensive management plans (CMPs) for state-owned, sovereign land sections of the Colo­rado and Green Rivers, and updating the existing Mineral Leasing Plan (MLP) for these sovereign lands in  Uintah, Grand, Emery, Wayne, Garfield, Kane, and San Juan Counties. Utah Admin Code R652-2-100 authorizes FFSL to prescribe land management objectives for sovereign lands. The beds of navigable waters within the state, including portions of the Green and Colorado River, are owned by the state but held in trust for the public. FFSL is required to ensure that all uses on, beneath, or above the bed of the Green and Colorado Rivers are regulated to ensure the protection of navigation, fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic beauty, public recreation and water quality. The development of a comprehensive management plan will help to ensure that FFSL maintains clear and consistent guidance regarding the management of the Green and Colorado River resources. The development of a specific minerals resource management plan will allow FFSL to implement detailed guidelines on resource development on sovereign lands.

Public Involvement

FFSL is excited to announce the release of the Draft CMPs and MLP for the Green and Colorado Rivers. During the month of June, FFSL, with assistance from its contractors (SWCA Environmental Consultants and CRSA), presented information regarding the draft CMP and MLP management strategies in public meetings. These open houses were the second round of public meetings held during this plan development process. The comment period will run from May 31, 2019 – July 19, 2019. Comments can be submitted online at the project website, or via e-mail to the project managers. It is anticipated that the final CMPs and MLP and Decision Document will be completed by December 2019.

Current Mineral Leasing Plans