Public encouraged to take Mill Creek survey

A group of Mill Creek stakeholders are seeking public input about how to manage the area.
Photo by Carter Pape

The Mill Creek Community Collaborative seeks public comment regarding the creek. The group of Moab locals, agency representatives, and canyon users work collaboratively to develop recommendations to address impacts from increasing recreational use in Mill Creek Canyon, according to Betsy Byrne, a landscape architect with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. 

Byrne in an email said the MCCC wants to understand what Moab residents and visitors value most about Mill Creek, and created a survey to help gather this information. The Mill Creek Canyon Community Survey is now open and can be accessed at bit.ly/MillCreekSurvey2019.

“The survey seeks information about how people use the canyon, what values are most important to them, concerns about the canyon or impacts from use, and ideas or solutions related to issues such as access, trash, parking, impact to residents, or other concerns. The information gathered will be used to develop management recommendations to improve Mill Creek Canyon,” said Byrne.

The MCCC includes representatives from Moab City, Grand County, the Bureau of Land Management, the Utah Schools and Industrial Trust Lands Administration, Moab Valley Fire District, Grand County Search and Rescue, Moab Solutions, Rim to Rim Restoration and other groups and individuals with an interest in Mill Creek. 

The vision of the MCCC, according to Byrne, is to “collaboratively address impacts from increasing recreational use in Mill Creek Canyon by providing access to a quality experience for canyon visitors in a way that protects the natural and cultural resources of Moab’s backyard and addresses impacts to nearby neighborhoods.”

There will be future opportunities for the public to learn the results of the survey and to provide feedback on Mill Creek. Information will be updated on the MCCC website bit.ly/MillCreekCC and on the MCCC Facebook page bit.ly/MCCCFacebook.

For more information, contact Byrne at 385-630-6001 or [email protected], or Kara Dohrenwend at 435-220-0003 or [email protected].