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Join Grand Staircase Focus Groups on Recreational Activities

May 08
16:37 2014

You are invited to join Grand Staircase focus groups on recreational activities in the area on May 14 though May 17 in Kanab, Big Water, Orderville and Cannonville. If you like to play in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this is an opportunity to participate. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and  the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have set up several meeting dates and locations to hear public expectations of recreation management in the Grand Staircase region.

Cottonwood Canyon RoadThe areas of interest are in and around Cottonwood Road, Skutumpah Road and Johnson Canyon Road. Focus groups include those who participate and facilitate recreational activities in the area. Participants are asked about their perceptions, opinions, preferences and attitudes toward recreational use in the Grand Staircase region of the Monument. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where everyone is free to talk with each other. Each focus group lasts approximately 90 minutes and is limited to 25 people.

To participate in any one of the focus groups, please contact Allysia Angus, GSENM Landscape Architect/Land Use Planner at 435-826-5615 or [email protected]

The schedule is as follows:

Cannonville Visitor Center
WEDNESDAY – MAY 14 7 PM
10 Center Street, Cannonville, UT

Kanab Visitor Center
THURSDAY – MAY 15 11 AM
THURSDAY – MAY 15 2 PM
FRIDAY – May 16 10 AM
745 HWY 89 East, Kanab, UT

Big Water Visitor Center
FRIDAY – May 16 3 PM
20 Revolution Way, Big Water, UT

Kane Co. North Event Center
SATURDAY – May 17 10 AM
745 North State, Orderville, UT

These sessions are intended to open dialogue between GSENM and the public to provide information for future planning and to better understand the public’s expectations for recreation management.

GSENM Recreation Experience Baseline Study

The focus groups are the second of three rounds hosted by Colorado Mesa University’s Natural Resource Center and GSENM. These sessions are associated with the GSENM Recreation Experience Baseline Study being conducted by CMU to help the BLM better respond to the public’s interests and expectations for how recreation on the Monument is managed. The first phase of the project in 2013 studied the Hole the Rock area.

If you’re interested but unable to participate in the May sessions, there will be other opportunities to have your voice heard. Another round of local focus groups is scheduled for later this year. Live web-based sessions will also be utilized as part of the study, enabling participants to join the conversation from the comfort of their homes using a phone and computer. The dates for the web-based sessions have not been set, but are planned for the summer months.

The focus groups are facilitated by Dr. Tim Casey, Professor of Political Science at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dr. Casey is a lead researcher and field coordinator at NRC who has extensive experience working with BLM on similar social science projects on the Colorado Plateau.

For more information about this project, please contact Allysia Angus, GSENM Landscape Architect/Land Use Planner at 435-826-5615 or [email protected] Or if you have questions about the research, please contact Dr. Tim Casey at 970-248-1095 or [email protected]

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