Open Houses Scheduled for Upcoming Glen Canyon National Recreation Planning Efforts
A proposed Off-road Vehicle Management Plan for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the future of Lake Powell invasive mussel prevention are two planning efforts that will be showcased at five open houses in February. National Park Service staff will be on hand to provide information and gather public comments on these and other current planning topics.
Open houses are scheduled for the following locations and dates:
· Blanding UT: Tuesday, February 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Blanding Arts and Events Center, located at 639 West 100 South, Blanding, UT
· Escalante UT: Wednesday, February 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, located at 755 W. Main, Escalante, UT
· Kanab UT: Thursday, February 6, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School, located at 690 S. Cowboy Way, Kanab, UT
· Page AZ: Tuesday, February 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters, located at 691 Scenic View Drive, Page, AZ
· Salt Lake City UT: Thursday, February 13, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, located at 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
“This is a great opportunity to take part in the management of your public lands. I welcome and encourage everyone to participate in these meetings,” said Superintendent Todd Brindle. “We are in the process of making decisions that will have long-term effects on park resources and visitors’ experiences. The public’s participation will show us where there are concerns and will help us make informed decisions on the best alternatives.”
The NPS is preparing these plans through a public process that complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and other applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/DEIS)
The Plan/DEIS analyzes a range of actions for managing off-road use of motor vehicles and on-road use of off-highway vehicles and street-legal all-terrain vehicles. The Plan/DEIS assesses the environmental impacts that could result from continuing current management or implementing any of the four action alternatives. The NPS preferred alternative designates a mixture of opportunities for motorized recreation on park roads and designated ORV routes and at remote shoreline areas while prohibiting such uses in areas where resources and values may be at risk. The preferred alternative also includes provisions to improve signs and road/route markings; develop a communication strategy to better educate visitors on regulations and resource concerns; partner with user groups and other stakeholders; monitor use and mitigate any adverse effects to resources; and close and restore routes and areas not designated for off-road use. A permit system would be established for ORV routes and areas to provide for education on applicable regulations, provide for visitor safety, prevent resource damage and recover costs for monitoring, mitigation, education and administration of the permit system. An electronic copy of the Plan/DEIS may be downloaded at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/