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The National Park Service announced today the beginning of the public alternatives scoping period for an environmental impact statement to assess the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
The ORV Vehicle Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate a range of alternatives associated with recreational ORV use at Glen Canyon and their environmental impacts. Currently, off-road driving occurs at several of Glen Canyon’s accessible shorelines and at Lone Rock Beach. Off-road driving in these locations allows the public to leave the designated road and drive to Lake Powell’s shoreline to fish, camp, picnic, boat, or engage in other recreational activities. In addition, the EIS will evaluate the existing high intensity ORV use at Lone Rock Beach Play Area, all-terrain vehicle travel on park roads, and ORV use at the Ferry Swale area.
Public alternatives scoping is an integral step of the environmental planning process. Public scoping is used to identify any other possible alternatives, issues, and areas of public interest that may require specific analysis in the environmental planning process. Public scoping is an opportunity for the public to provide their suggestions, comments, and ideas regarding ORV management at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
The public is invited to submit ideas and proposals on ORV management. All comments must be received by November 24, 2010. Comments may be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca. Comments may also be mailed to: Superintendent, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Re: ORV Management Plan/EIS, P.O. Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040.
In addition, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will host seven open houses to present draft alternatives, gather input and answer questions. Workshop details are listed below.
November 1 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm Page, Arizona Glen Canyon Park Headquarters 691 Scenic View Drive
November 2 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm Blanding, Utah USU/CEU San Juan Campus Blanding Arts & Events Center 715 W. 200 S.
November 3 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm Escalante, Utah Escalante Interagency Visitor Center 755 W. Main
November 4 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm Kanab,Utah Kanab Middle School 690 S. Cowboy Way
November 5 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm Flagstaff, Arizona Summit Fire District Station 33 5040 N. Hwy 89
November 7 11:00am – 03:00 pm Oljato, Utah Oljato Chapter House
San Juan County Road 420 / Monument Valley Rd / Oljato Rd, approximately 12 miles west of the Highway 163 Junction
November 9 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm Navajo Mountain, Utah Navajo Mountain Chapter House Navajo Route 16, approximately 35 miles north of the Highway 98 Junction
Additional information about the project is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=19520