Appellate court says land managers must inventory artifacts


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered federal land managers to conduct inventories of cultural resources, such as Native American artifacts, in south-central Utah.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1PJir5j ) that the court's decision this week upholds a federal judge's ruling in May 2015. The Bureau of Land Management was ordered to complete a survey of cultural resources in 2.1 million acres of land between Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks covered by the agency's Richfield office.

The appeals court has denied BLM's request for a delay of those surveys.

In 2008, the Utah BLM authorized routes of dirt roads and trails used by off-road vehicles that environmentalists said didn't consider ancient Native American sites, quiet recreation and habitat for disappearing native animals.

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