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Contact: Kate Cannon, 435-719-2101
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on alternatives to help alleviate traffic and parking congestion in Arches and Canyonlands national parks.
A Traffic Congestion Management Plan for Arches and Canyonlands national parks is being planned, with a goal of helping improve the visitor experience by reducing parking congestion and related crowding problems in the parks.
In July, the NPS kicked off this planning effort with issuance of a public scoping newsletter that presented several proposed solutions from the public, park staff and stakeholders, along with pros and cons of implementing each solution. A second newsletter presenting five preliminary alternatives for review will be available October 14th on the NPSPlanning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/arch_traffic_congestion_management, and https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cany_traffic_congestion_management.
These alternatives describe ways park management might address issues of congestion, limited parking, and resource impacts in both parks while allowing the NPS to prepare for future changes in visitation and funding. These alternatives were developed by revisiting goals and objectives, reviewing public scoping comments, collaborating with the parks' planning team, and collecting data.
The NPS invites the public to review and comment on these preliminary alternatives. Public comments will be used to further inform the development, modification and analysis of these preliminary alternatives for an Environmental Assessment (EA). The NPS has not yet selected a preferred alternative nor completed the environmental analysis. The analysis will be included in an EA, which is anticipated to be available for review in the spring of 2016.
Individuals wishing to participate in this planning process are asked to review the preliminary alternatives newsletter and submit comments on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website.
Deadline for comments submitted via this website is November 12, 2015. Anyone unable to submit their comments to either of the above websites may submit comments via email or mail their comments to the National Park Service, Attn: Planning and Compliance, 2282 SW. Resource Blvd, Moab, UT 84532.
Emailed comments must be received, and written comments must be postmarked, by the November 12, 2015 deadline.