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BLM Seeks Public Comment On Access to the WAVE

BLM Seeks Public Comment On Access to the WAVE
September 13
15:00 2019

Bureau of Land ManagementBLM seeks public comment for proposed change in management of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness!

The action alternatives would increase recreational opportunities and visitor access at the Wave

ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has released a preliminary Environmental
Assessment (EA) that considers an increase in visitor access on public lands within the Paria Canyon–
Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, specifically the Wave. The EA evaluates a variety of active management options
to increase recreational access while preserving wilderness values on BLM-managed public lands located east
of Kanab, Utah, and west of Page, Arizona. The public has the opportunity to provide input on the preliminary
EA and alternatives during a 30-day comment period from September 13 through October 12, 2019.

Consistent with Secretarial Orders 3347 and 3366 and public input received during scoping, the preliminary EA
analyzes two alternatives for the wilderness and the Wave. Alternative A analyzes up to 96 people per day and
Alternative B analyzes up to 48 people per day. Decision-makers could select a combination of components
from any of the alternatives in the final decision. The decision could be one of the alternatives in whole –or a
combination of components from any of the alternatives. The EA and alternatives also include a number of
actions that would mitigate issues connected to a possible increase in visitor numbers.

“We were inspired by the number of people who provided comments and engaged in public participation during
the scoping process and at open house events,” said Arizona Strip Field Manager Lorraine Christian. “With the
release of the preliminary EA and Alternatives, we are now looking forward to working with the public through
the EA process and to obtain their feedback on the alternatives that would provide the public with increased
visitor access to the Wave.”

Alternatives A and B are based on visitor limits established in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Resource Management Plan. Alternative C; the no-action alternative (the current number of 20) is considered
and analyzed to provide a baseline for comparing the impacts of the other alternatives. No changes to permit
numbers for Coyote Buttes South or Buckskin/Paria Canyon are proposed.

Public meetings will be held at the following locations:

September 24, 2019: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 850 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

September 25, 2019: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Police Department community room, 808 Coppermine Road,
Page, Arizona.

September 26, 2019: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School, 690 South Cowboy Way, Kanab,
Utah.

The EA and related documents are available for review on BLM’s ePlanning website at:
https://go.usa.gov/xyxtK

Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments directly on the ePlanning website. Comments may also be
mailed to the BLM Arizona Strip District Office at 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790, to the
attention of Brandon Boshell. Please include “Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs EA Comments” in the subject
line.

For questions about this project, please contact Brandon Boshell at (435) 688-3241 or
[email protected].

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Summary: The BLM would like public comments on access to the Wave

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