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    BLM taking comments on visitor amenities outside Arches

    This far view of Klondike Bluffs near Arches National Park, doesn’t show the camping and recreational impacts that are happening in the area. The BLM proposes to designate campsites, place signs, provide new guidance for human waste, revegetate and restore disturbed areas, and restrict firewood collection for campfires.
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    The Bureau of Land Management seeks comments on an environmental assessment analyzing a proposal to provide sustainable camping opportunities and improvements in the Klondike Bluffs area. The proposal addresses increased visitor demand for camping through the creation of designated campsites and campgrounds with amenities, said the BLM in a statement.

    This popular recreation area is approximately 23 miles north of Moab and is identified as a mountain bike focus area in the Moab Resource Management Plan. The area includes approximately 14,600 acres located between Highway 191 and Arches National Park. In addition to camping, hiking, and riding opportunities, the area is rich in cultural and paleontological resources, including the Copper Ridge Sauropod Trail, said the BLM in its email.

    Due to the focus area’s popularity, excessive dispersed camping is impacting public health, wildlife habitat, vegetation and soils, grazing operations, and sensitive cultural and paleontological resources, said the BLM in its email.

    The BLM proposes to designate campsites, place signs, provide new guidance for human waste, revegetate and restore disturbed areas, and restrict firewood collection for campfires, said the BLM in its email.

    The environmental assessment, associated map, and additional information are available for review and comment on the BLM’s ePlanning project webpage: https://bit.ly/2UVhDCc. Comments must be submitted by April 15 via letter or email to Bureau of Land Management, attention Katie Stevens, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532; or to kstevens@blm.gov with the subject Line: Klondike Bluffs Camping

    Implementing changes to the management of this area is a multistep process, and seeking public input on this proposal is the first step, said a press release from the agency. Other steps include publication of a supplementary rule and site-specific assessments prior to building campgrounds, bathrooms, trails, and other facilities. The development of supplementary rules will provide another opportunity for public comment, said the BLM in its email.

    Comments that provide additional facts or information, suggest corrections, and/or specifically address the proposal are the most helpful. “Please be aware, your entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available,” said the BLM in its email.

    For additional information about this proposal, contact Katie Stevens, outdoor recreation planner, at 435-259-2100. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24/7. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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