BLM seeks comments on proposed changes to Fins and Things jeep route

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) for designating the Fins and Things jeep route as a one-way trail, as well as designating a portion of the route as available to daytime use only.

“The 10-mile Fins and Things jeep route has a recommended direction of travel that most people follow,” BLM officials said in a news release. “The BLM is considering this proposal in response to public concerns raised about two-way use on this narrow, heavily used route, as well as concerns from campers who have been disturbed by late night use on the route’s southern portion.”

The 15-day public comment period for the EA closes on Aug. 14. The EA is available online and written comments may be submitted electronically using the BLM ePlanning website at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do (choose the “Advanced Search” under “Text Search,”and type “Fins and Things” in the “Project Name” field. Open the project summary page at the bottom of the page and click on “Documents,” then click the “Comment on Document” button to provide a comment.) BLM officials said they are hoping for comments “that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible.” Comments that include only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process, officials said.

Written comments may also be mailed to: BLM Moab Field Office, Attn: Katie Stevens, 82 E. Dogwood Ave., Moab, Utah, 84532.

Identifying information included in comments, including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and other personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time, BLM officials said, adding that requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. Anonymous comments will not be considered. Submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For additional information about the EA, contact Katie Stevens at 425-259-2172.