The Public Lands Foundation presented the West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Group with its 2013 Landscape Stewardship Award. The Foundation grants this recognition to honor private citizens and organizations that work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on landscapes that include, in whole or in part, public lands administered by the BLM.
As the Public Involvement and Project Planning lead, LSD led extensive community-based scoping that included face-to-face meetings with stakeholders as well as several facilitated community meetings. In these meetings, residents discussed challenges and conflicts, helped articulate desired future conditions, and built the framework for prioritizing goals for resource management across the landscape.
The West Box Elder Group is actively engaged in landscape management projects in northwestern Utah. The lands included in their planning and project area are some of the most productive and critical sage grouse habitat lands in the Great Basin ecosystem. The landscape includes a balanced mix of BLM lands, state lands and private property, with planning and project execution crossing boundaries to implement logical management projects.
Over the last two years, the Group has worked together as an effective response to the need for landscape level planning and project implementation in a critical region of the Great Basin.
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