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    The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office is initiating a public scoping period for a preliminary proposal to improve the parking area and trailhead for the House on Fire site in Bears Ears National Monument.

    The BLM hopes to improve the House on Fire Trailhead, gateway to ruins such as this one.
    Photo courtesy of Mike McGlew/Wikimedia Commons

    House on Fire is one of the most heavily visited sites in BENM, receiving up to 8,000 visitors annually. If implemented, this preliminary proposal would improve public safety and prevent resource damage to this iconic site, officials say.

    The BLM is seeking to address resource concerns resulting from recreation use and to improve recreation opportunities in the area. The preliminary proposal includes developing a parking area, closing parking on road shoulders, co-locating the fee station and trailhead, installing a toilet and small picnic area, and addressing unauthorized trails with a new loop trail. More details, including the preliminary proposal and scoping document, can be found on the BLM’s website.

    The agency is asking the public to help identify new issues and provide information that could be useful in the development of alternatives and/or analysis. This public scoping period is open now and ends on June 4, 2020. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020 to be considered. This preliminary proposal was reviewed and recommended by the BENM Advisory Committee on Feb. 26.

    Be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. People who comment can ask to withhold their personal identifying information from public review, but it cannot be guaranteed.

    Comments may be submitted via the following methods:

    ePlanning: visit go.usa.gov/xvvW9, or mail to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: House on Fire Trailhead, P.O. Box 7, Monticello, Utah 84535. For additional information regarding the proposal, contact Jake Palma or Misti Haines at 435-587-1500.

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