Revised Statute 2477 (Section 8 of the Mining Act of 1866) is a federal law that authorized construction of roads across federal public lands. This law helped settle the West for 110 years. Residents of Utah, visitors, pioneers, and settlers created and used thousands of roads across public lands for farming, ranching, hunting, recreating, mining, and connecting communities. We continue to use many of these routes daily and some occasionally or seasonally.
The Roadless Rule is a 2001 Forest Service regulation that prohibits most timber cutting and road building in certain forest lands known as “Inventoried Roadless Areas.” Approximately 49% of all of Utah’s Forest Service lands are impacted by the Roadless Rule.
The State Resource Management Plan (RMP) is the result of a year-long collaborative effort between PLPCO, the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, State natural resource agencies, and each county in Utah.