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Changes at the Wave

Changes at the Wave
June 20
05:18 2019

UPDATE June 20, 2019 – Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler joined Lake Powell Life News Director Carol Batchelor for an update on the BLM’s proposals regarding hiker access to The Wave and where that process of permitting should be located, with regards to safety, economy and conservation. You can listen to that interview HERE.

UPDATE June 13, 2019- Residents and business owners in Page have stepped up to challenge the BLM over the location where the permit lottery is managed for the Wave.   With the Wave lottery handled in Page, locals believe the town would see more tourism dollars with lottery applicants likely remaining for more than one night as they wait for their chance to hike that six-mile journey.

Thank you to the Chamber Page-Lake Powell for providing this form in their email blast Thursday. We have included the form here which you can right click on and print to offer your feedback about the proposed change in management of the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.

 

BLM Press Release:

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to increase the daily number of visitors to The Wave from 20 to 96. In the last five years, hiking permit requests have skyrocketed.

In 2018, more than 168,000 people submitted applications for the 7,300 available slots.  That meant less than five percent of people who sought permits received one.

The Wave is a six-mile round trip hike in the Vermilion National Monument located east of Kanab, Utah, and west of Page, Arizona in Coconino County.

A 45-day comment period brought the BLM Arizona Strip District officials into Page for a scoping meeting June 5, the following display explains their proposal.

The new system could be in place by November.
Conservationists express concern about the visitation increase.  Says Taylor McKinnon with the Center for Biological Diversity, “It means more people in your photographs, more people walking off trails onto sensitive soil, and more disruption to wildlife.”
Documents relevant to this project will be posted on the BLM’s ePlanning home page at: https://go.usa.gov/xmnHg

Please provide comments via email to: [email protected]. Please include “Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Comments” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790 attention Brandon Boshell or sent by fax to (435) 688-3258.

Based upon the issues identified, the BLM will assess the appropriate level of environmental analysis and documentation. If you have questions about this project, please contact Brandon Boshell at (435) 688-3241 or [email protected].

 

 

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