BRIGHAM CITY -- A partnership of private interests and government officials has been lauded by national groups for its resource planning for Box Elder County's vast west desert region.
The West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Group is to be honored by the Public Lands Foundation, the BLM announced in a news release. The foundation's Landscape Stewardship Award is to be presented to members of the planning group at the Wednesday, Nov. 20, meeting of the Box Elder County Commission.
"The West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Group is an ideal example of a community-based landscape stewardship group that is committed, engaged and successful," said Kevin Oliver, BLM-Utah West Desert district manager. The group's planning work has benefitted some of the most productive and critical sage-grouse habitat lands in the Great Basin ecosystem, he said.
The group is a grassroots partnership of local ranchers and landowners plus state, county and federal resource managers whose planning work addresses everything from grazing concerns to tourism potential.