Bonneville Salt Flats Restoration Approved by Utah Legislature

Mar 4, 2016

A Utah House Resolution urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats has been approved by the Utah House and Senate and will now be sent to Governor Gary Herbert for his signature, according to SEMA.

The first land speed racing record was set in 1914 at the Bonneville Salt Flats and the annual Speed Week racing event began in 1949. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been its custodian since 1946.

Although the Bonneville Salt Flats is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the BLM has allowed millions of tons of salt to be withdrawn from the BSF, according to SEMA.

HCR 8 calls attention to the deterioration of the BSF and urges the BLM to work with the Utah Alliance, Save the Salt Coalition and other concerned stakeholders to formulate a plan to restore the BSF International Speedway to safe land speed racing conditions.