The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office is seeking comments on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposal for road and safety improvements in the Canyon Rims Special Recreation Management Area in northern San Juan County. The joint project with BLM and the Federal Highway Administration-Central Federal Lands Highway Division proposes improvements to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 38 miles of the Needles and Anticline Overlook access roads. Both roads are Utah Scenic Backways.
“The area receives about 85,000 visitors each year with projected increases of an additional 3 percent per year into the future,” BLM officials said in a news release. “The proposed road improvements will provide better public access and safety. The overlooks provide magnificent views of Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. They do not provide motorized access to the canyon below, as they are located 1,000 feet above, separated by incredibly steep cliffs and rugged terrain.”
The EA analyzes the potential impacts to a variety of resources including grazing, wildlife, archaeology and recreation. More information about the project, including the detailed proposal, analysis and maps, is available on BLM’s ePlanning website, http://go.usa.gov/x9uN6.
Comments will be accepted through Monday, March 13 and may be submitted online through the ePlanning website or via mail to: Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office, Attn: Canyon Rims Road Improvement Project, 82 E. Dogwood Ave., Moab, UT 84532.
Comments that “identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information,” are the most valuable, BLM officials said. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.
For further project information, please contact Katie Stevens at 435-259-2172.