BLM seeks public input on use of dead-end road in the Fish Ford area

Proposal would establish seasonal use for public safety, help bald eagle habitat  help bald eagles

The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on a proposal to change the designated season of use for a dead-end road in the Fish Ford area, according to Lisa Bryant, the spokesperson for the BLM’s Canyon Country District.

The proposal would keep the road open to public use during the fall season when the area is used for turkey hunting and dispersed camping. If the proposal were to be implemented, the road would only be designated for use during the fall for visitor safety and to protect birds. The proposal does not affect access to the Fish Ford Campground or primitive boat ramp, which are open year-round, said Bryant in an email.

The Fish Ford area is approximately six miles south of Cisco near the Utah-Colorado state line. The remote two-track road starts beyond the Fish Ford campground and dead-ends after approximately 1.7 miles. It’s subject to flooding and rock fall due to its location in the active floodplain and next to steep cliffs. This area is important habitat for bald eagles and other birds, which are sensitive to disturbance during the spring nesting season, said Bryant.

The BLM seeks comment on the proposal and information about how people use this area to help inform decisions related to managing the road and nearby bald eagle summer foraging and nesting habitat.

The environmental assessment is available for review and comment on the BLM’s ePlanning project webpage at: https://bit.ly/2vSHhg6. Comments must be submitted by June 6 by letter or email to Bureau of Land Management, Attention: Stephanie McKinney, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532; or [email protected], subject line: Fish Ford Nesting Habitat.

Comments that provide additional facts or information, suggest corrections, or include alternate ways of addressing issues identified in the proposal are the most helpful. Be advised that entire comments – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available, according to a press release from the BLM.

For additional information about this proposal, call McKinney, assistant field manager, at 435-259-2100.