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Glen Canyon Off-Road Vehicle Plan Up for Review

January 09
15:57 2014

Glen Canyon Off RoadIf you feel strongly one way or another about desert off-roading, here’s your chance to comment as the Off-road Vehicle Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is up for public review and comment. You have until March 4 to express your opinion.

February 12, 4-7pm at Recreational Headquarters

You can find out more about the plan and alternatives in person on Tuesday, February 12. That’s when an open house will be held from 4pm to 7pm at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Drive in Page. You can provide your written comments at the Open House.

Plan DEI Statement

The Plan/DEI Statement analyzes the alternatives and actions for managing off-road use of motor vehicles, on-road use of off-highway vehicles, and street-legal all-terrain vehicles. It assesses the environmental impacts from each alternative, which include:

  • Alternative A: The no-action alternative, which means continuing current management policies
  • Alternative B: The environmentally preferred alternative of no off-road routes besides existing park roads
  • Alternative C: The expand recreational opportunities alternative that would increase off-road routes as well as types of vehicles allowed
  • Alternative D: The limiting off-road routes alternative, prohibiting OHV’s and ATV’s throughout Glen Canyon.
  • Alternative E: The NPS-preferred alternative which includes opportunities for motorized recreation on park roads and designated off-road routes while prohibiting use in areas where resources may be at risk.

All action alternatives include provisions to improve signs and road/route markings, develop a communication strategy to better educate visitors on regulations and resource concerns, and to close and restore routes and areas not designated for off-road use. In alternatives that would provide for off-road use, management and mitigation strategies are outlined to address the impacts from off-road use. This would include implementation of a permit system 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 may be downloaded at parkplanning.nps.gov Printed copies are also available at Page and Kanab libraries. Comments, either written or submitted online, should be received or postmarked no later than March 4, 2014.

Superintendent Todd Brindle is pleased that the process to draft the Plan/DEIS has been an inclusive effort.

In addition to input from neighboring UT counties and the Bureau of Land Management, comments were gathered from the general public at numerous venues with regards to issues and concerns as well as preliminary plan alternatives,” stated Brindle. “I hope that all those who are interested in the management of motorized vehicles at Glen Canyon will review this draft and provide comments.”

An electronic copy may be downloaded at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca-orvplan.

Comments

Comments should be submitted online using the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) system. Written comments may also be submitted to: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, ORV Plan/DEIS, PO Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040-1507 or delivered to Glen Canyon headquarters at 691 Scenic View Drive, Page, AZ. Comments must be received or postmarked no later than March 4, 2014. Printed copies of the Plan/DEIS will be available at some local libraries (Page, Blanding, Escalante and Kanab). Additional assistance in obtaining a copy of the Plan/DEIS can be requested by contacting Glen Canyon at (928) 608-6209.

All comments on the Plan/DEIS are welcome, particularly those that assess the adequacy of the document in disclosing and evaluating the effects on the environment. These comments are most useful if they are as specific as possible and do the following:

  • Discuss a particular plan element or alternative
  • Identify incomplete or incorrect information
  • Offer reasons why a particular alternative or plan element would or would not work
  • Offer a reasonable, new plan element or completely new alternative that could help accomplish the stated goals
  • Point out discrepancies between legal mandates and proposals
  • Highlight deficiencies in the analysis of environmental consequences
  • Provide information on how you use the park and how particular proposals in the planning document would affect that use.

The NPS will consider input received during the public review and comment period for the Plan/DEIS to prepare the Final Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan and EIS (Plan/FEIS). We anticipate the Plan/FEIS will be prepared and made available for public review in late 2014. Pursuant to NPS policy and regulations, the alternative that is selected will then be adopted as a special regulation governing off-road use of motor vehicles and on-road use of OHVs and ATVs at Glen Canyon. To stay informed about the upcoming regulation process, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca-orvplan. Information on how to comment on the proposed regulation will be posted on this website once the proposed regulation becomes available for review and comment.

Glen Canyon will hold an Open House to provide an opportunity for the public to find out more about the Plan/DEIS and the alternatives on Tuesday, February 12, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters, located at 691 Scenic View Drive in Page, AZ. NPS staff will make a short presentation at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. You may provide written comments in person at the Open House. Additional open houses are planned in Blanding, Escalante, Kanab and Salt Lake City, UT. See the Plan/DEIS website http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca-orvplan for information on times and locations.

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