Grazing-Trailing EIS Seeks Public Input

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Date: March 10, 2015
Contact: Lori Rome, 435-425-4110

Torrey, UT – The National Park Service (NPS) has begun development of a plan for the
management of livestock grazing and trailing within Capitol Reef National Park
(CRNP) and is seeking public input. Following discussions with agency experts,
including our cooperators, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Richfield Field
Office, the State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, Emery
County, Garfield County and Wayne County, the NPS is now initiating public
scoping for a livestock grazing and trailing management plan and environmental
impact statement (EIS), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA).
Public scoping is the first step to involving the public in the planning process. Scoping provides opportunities for identifying public concerns early and focusing the analysis on the important issues.

Grazing and cattle trailing on public lands has a long history in the Capitol Reef area and on allotments inside what became park boundaries. When Congress established Capitol Reef as a National Park in 1971, it recognized that grazing and trailing were valid
existing uses and provided for livestock grazing and trailing to continue with
conditions on park lands, with an eventual phase-out of grazing. These
privileges were granted to existing permit holders, subject to appropriate
management by the NPS to encourage the protection of the park's natural and
cultural resource values. CRNP currently operates under Public Law 100-446,
passed in September of 1988, which extended grazing privileges for the lifetime
of the 1971 permit holders and their children born on or before December 18,
1971.

"It is our goal, through this planning effort, to create a cooperative,
comprehensive and collaborative public approach that guides NPS managers and
our permit holders in the responsible management of livestock grazing and
trailing," said Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Leah McGinnis. "This
can only be achieved through effective communication and coordination with
permit holders, other federal agencies responsible for managing livestock
grazing and trailing adjacent to the park and our stakeholder groups."

Prior to the establishment of the park, and for several decades
thereafter, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) permitted and managed livestock
grazing in the active allotments in the park. However, between 2000 and 2010,
the NPS assumed responsibility for the permitting and management of the active
allotments within the park, consistent with direction provided in the park's
1998 General Management Plan (GMP). While the 1998 GMP addressed potential
effects of livestock grazing and trailing, it did not lay out a comprehensive
approach for managing these activities in a manner that meets the NPS's fundamental
mission to protect park resources and values.

The plan/EIS will analyze complex ecological, cultural, and social
issues, and public participation in the process is encouraged and needed. The
60-day public comment period opens with the publishing of the Notice of Intent
(NOI) in the Federal Register. This comment period will open on
March 10, 2015 and close May 15, 2015.

The NPS will host two in-person open house meetings during this
comment period as follows:

April 1, 2015

Wayne County Community Center

605 South 350 East

Bicknell, UT 84715

Time: 6:00pm –8:00pm

 

April 2, 2015

Hanksville Town Hall

30 South Highway 95

Hanksville, UT 84734

Time: 6:00pm –8:00pm

The in-person meetings will follow an open house format and consist of several stations where
different aspects of the project will be presented. There will be an
opportunity to speak with NPS staff at the stations.

The NPS will also hold one informational web-based meeting on April 8, 2015 for those who cannot attend an in-person meeting, but want to learn more about the project. The
webinar will include a brief presentation and an opportunity to ask questions
of NPS staff. Information regarding the livestock grazing and trailing plan and
EIS, public scoping and public meetings can be found at
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/care_lgtmp_eis_scoping.

Interested parties will be able to submit scoping comments either electronically on the PEPC web site (the preferred method of receiving comments); via U.S. Postal Service at
Superintendent, Capitol Reef National Park, HC 70 Box 15, Torrey, UT 84775; or at
one of the in-person public meetings that will be held during the 60-day
scoping period. Public comments will not be accepted during the web-based
meetings; rather, participants will be directed to the PEPC web site to enter
their comments.

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Last updated: March 10, 2015

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