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Date: January 21, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior


For Immediate Release: January 21, 2014
Release No.: 2014-02
Contact: Christie Vanover, 702-283-2344


BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service is holding three public meetings Feb. 11, 12 and 13 to present preliminary alternatives to the Wilderness Management Plan at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The meetings will be held from 4-6 p.m. PST at the following locations:
Feb. 11, James Gibson Library, 100 W Lake Mead Pkwy Henderson, Nev.
Feb. 12, Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd., Boulder City, Nev.
Feb. 13, Mohave Community College, Room 210, 3400 Arizona 95, Bullhead City, Ariz.

The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 designated more than 185,000 acres of public lands within Lake Mead National Recreation Area as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in 1964 to protect some of America’s iconic, wild landscapes. Wilderness areas are managed by encouraging primitive recreation, minimal tool allowances and enhancing the naturalness of an area. At Lake Mead NRA, people are welcome to hike, camp, hunt, fish and horseback ride in wilderness areas with minor restrictions, using Leave No Trace principles.

The draft wilderness management plan / environmental impact statement presents and analyzes three alternatives for future direction of the management and use of eight wilderness areas in the park and on adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands. The three alternatives vary primarily in the level of public access and degree of management.

Under alternative A, no action would be taken. Alternative B, the park’s preferred alternative, focuses on protecting the character of the wilderness areas while providing a few more opportunities for access into several areas. Alternative C provides a higher level of access and visitor use management while still protecting the overall character of the wilderness area.

A full description of the plans will be available at all meetings and is available for review online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=16820. Comments may be submitted via the website. Written comments should be mailed to Lake Mead National Recreation Area Wilderness Management Plan, National Park Service, Denver Service Center – PDS, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, Colo. 80225. Comments must be received by March 23, 2014.

- NPS -

Did You Know?

Hoover Dam In Take Towers

Lake Mead was named in honor of Dr. Elwood Mead. As Commissioner of Reclamation from 1924 - 1936, he drafted new specifications for a giant project that would dam the Colorado River and create the world's (at that time) largest artificial lake.