A pilot study program being conducted by the Bureau of Land Management will affect people who use 2.5 million acres of public lands in southeastern Wayne County and northeastern Garfield County.

The project, one of two in Utah, will affect rights on grazing, mineral exploration, wildlife, petroleum exploration, recreation, timber harvest and hunting.The other BLM pilot project in the state is in the Diamond Mountain Resource area near Vernal.

Users of the public lands within the Henry Mountain Resource area of the Richfield BLM District were not aware that the pilot program - to determine future use and management of the lands - was being conducted until they attended a recent meeting of the Wayne Chapter of the Western Association of Land Users in Hanksville.

The study was started last year and is to be completed by the fall of 1992, according to Stan Adams, the leader of the BLM project team who is collecting information on the program.

Six project members were selected by the resource office in Hanksville, and five others from throughout the Richfield BLM District. The group writing the final land-management plan has not yet been selected, Adams said.

The study also involves all wild and scenic rivers located between the Mill Meadow Reservoir and Lake Powell, including the larger Fremont, Dirty Devil and Muddy rivers.