(Moab/Salt Lake City Utah)-A video about a unique land use plan being crafted for the Moab area debuted at the Outdoor Retailer show this week, touting the approach as a model for the rest of the nation to achieve balance between recreation and resource extraction.
The video, called “Balancing Act in the West: How America’s Playground Can be a Model for Recreation and Drilling,” was put together by the Center for American Progress and is currently posted on the KSL News website. The idea behind master leasing is to come up with land use plans that embrace an entire “landscape” approach, rather than the BLM approving oil and gas drilling or other activities on a case by case basis. Ashley Korenblat, owner of Western Spirit Cycling in Moab, has been heavily involved in the BLM master leasing process and is one of the featured people in the video.
The plan is still in draft form, and it involves hundreds of diverse people with their own interests and vision of how the land in the Moab area should be used.