Public Involvement

Planning, Environment and Public Comment

The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide in managing park resources. The NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site contains all currently active plans and environmental documents for the National Park Service.These documents range from site-specific impact analyses on facility locations to broader park-wide plans for future use and management of a park. Your opinion does count, so please provide feedback and submit comments for any documents available for public review.

Capitol Reef Projects

Orchard Rehabilitation Project

The orchards of the Fruita Rural Historic District are one of the largest in the U.S. National Park System and are significant to the park’s history and cultural heritage. They provide valuable fruit harvest and educational opportunities that can be enjoyed by all visitors.

The first orchards were planted in the 1880s by Latter-Day Saint pioneers. Thousands of fruit trees were planted in the fertile Fremont River Valley. Until the 1960s, these trees provided food and income to the families who called Fruita home. Apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and plums dotted each family’s orchards.

Park staff maintain the historic character of these extensive orchards using heritage techniques. The same flood irrigation ditches pioneers dug in the 1880s water the trees today. Pioneers sometimes lost trees and entire orchards to floods and droughts. Today, the orchards are preserved and protected as part of the Fruita Rural Historic Landscape listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The orchards contain approximately 1,900 trees. Several orchards have lost most of their original trees and with continued losses expected, replanting is needed to maintain their historic integrity.

Capitol Reef National Park is seeking public comments on an orchard replanting project to begin in fall of 2021. The project will initiate long-term rehabilitation of several historic Fruita orchards. The public can learn more about the Orchard Rehabilitation Project on the PEPC site.

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Recording of the online public meeting held February 25, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input on the park's proposed Orchard Replanting Project. Comments are being accepted until March 18, 2021. Visit the park planning website to comment on this project.

Last updated: May 27, 2021

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