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Contact: Kezia Nielsen, 435-772-0211
Zion National Park is working with the St. George Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop a comprehensive river management plan and environmental assessment for the Virgin Wild and Scenic River. Segments of the Virgin River, La Verkin Creek, Taylor Creek, and North Creek within and adjacent to Zion National Park were designated as wild and scenic rivers in March 2009. Currently in the scoping phase of the planning process, the National Park Service is asking the public to identify issues and opportunities that should be addressed in the plan. The completed plan will provide a framework to guide future resource management and visitor use.
The public is invited to become part of this planning effort by assisting in identifying concerns, issues, and alternatives. Comments will be accepted until December 6, 2010. Anyone wishing to comment should visit the National Park Service planning website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/zion or mail comments to: Zion National Park, WSR Management Plan/EA, Springdale, UT 84767.
The public is also invited to participate in open house sessions where park and BLM staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about wild and scenic river management planning. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Meeting will be held on the following days at the following locations: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, Salt Lake City, UT – University Park Marriott, Connor Room, 480 Wakara Way; Wednesday, October 27, Springdale, UT – Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd.; and Thursday, October 28, St. George, UT – Dixie Center, Entrada Room, 1835 Convention Center Drive.
Before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in comments, respondents should be aware that the entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. Although respondents can ask in the comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The National Park Service appreciates and encourages public interest in wild and scenic rivers and participation in the development of the Virgin River Comprehensive River Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.