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    The BLM and Utah Division of Parks and Recreation are proposing to jointly develop a campground and mountain bike trails on BLM-administered lands near Goosenecks State Park in southeast San Juan County. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

    The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office is seeking public input on a BLM and Utah Division of Parks and Recreation joint proposal to develop a campground and mountain bike trails on BLM-administered lands near Goosenecks State Park in southeast San Juan County. The public scoping period began Jan. 13 and ends on Feb. 14. Public comments will help the BLM develop a draft environmental assessment, agency officials said in an email.

    Increased visitation in the region and a lack of developed amenities has resulted in resource damage, proliferation of campfire rings, and impacts to the State Park view shed, officials said. The proposed project is intended to address resource concerns resulting from unmanaged recreation and increase recreation opportunities in the area. This interagency proposal includes provisions for joint management of future recreation facilities under a cooperative management agreement.

    The BLM is asking the public to help identify new issues and provide information that could be useful in the development of alternatives or analysis. The preliminary proposal and scoping document are available on the BLM’s ePlanning website: go.usa.gov/xpSPr. To be considered, comments must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

    “Please be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, it cannot be guaranteed,” the press release stated.

    Comments may be submitted via the following methods: ePlanning: go.usa.gov/xpSPr, select the “Comment on Document” button, or by mail: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Goosenecks Camping, P.O. Box 7, Monticello, Utah 84535

    For additional information regarding the proposal, contact Amber Johnson or Jason Byrd at (435) 587-1500. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individuals. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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