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Zion National Park Backcountry Plan and Environmental Plan Available for Review

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Date: May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007
For Immediate Release
Ron Terry 435 772-0160
07-06

The Zion National Park (ZION) Backcountry Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for public review and comment.  The plan identifies a variety of opportunities for visitors to experience the backcountry in ZION while protecting park natural and cultural resources and wilderness values.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act, ZION has prepared an EA to evaluate potential impacts to the natural and cultural environment from proposed backcountry management activities.  Public comments on the proposed plan are now being solicited.  

The public is invited to participate in open house sessions where park staff will provide information, answer questions, and take comments on the proposed Backcountry Management Plan.  The locations, dates, and times for the open house sessions are as follows:   Springdale, UT, CanyonCommunity Center, 129 Lion Blvd., June 5, 2007, 5:00–7:00 p.m.; Salt Lake City, UT, University Park Marriott, 480 Wakara Way, June 6, 2007, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

If you wish to comment on the EA, you may enter your comments online at the National Park Service website Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/) or you may mail comments to: Zion National Park, Attn: Backcountry Management Plan EA, Springdale, UT 84767.  This EA will be available for public review and comment until June 29, 2007.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information on the ZION Backcountry Management visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion.

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