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    The Bureau of Land Management seeks input from the public on a proposal to protect wildlife and raptors though restricting roped and aerial activities within Mineral and Hell Roaring canyons near Moab.

    An image of Roaring Hell Canyon
    Native American pictographs are depicted in this image of Hell Roaring Canyon. Photo courtesy of Michael Grindstaff/Wikimedia Commons

    The approximately 10,000-acre area identified for potential restrictions provides habitat for golden eagles, Mexican Spotted Owl, desert bighorn sheep, and other wildlife.

    In recent years, recreational activity in the Mineral and Hell Roaring canyons has increased, leading to impacts to wildlife habitat, officials say. The BLM developed the proposal to help mitigate this conflict. The proposed restricted area does not include the Mineral Bottom BASE-jumping Focus Area, the Mineral Bottom Airstrip or the original Fruit Bowl, three areas popular with roped and aerial activity enthusiasts.

    If implemented, the proposal would place limits on roped and aerial recreational activities. Roped activities are activities involving ropes, cables, vectran, climbing aids, webbing or anchors. Activities affected by the proposal include, but are not limited to: zip-lining, high-lining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling, and rope swinging. Aerial activities include those that either start or conclude on BLM-managed lands, such as BASE-jumping, vaulting, parachuting, skydiving and aerial delivery. Other recreational activities would still be allowed in the area.

    “We welcome the public’s input on the environmental assessment to balance recreation use with resource protections, and to ensure we consider every resource and use as we complete our analysis of the proposed restrictions, said Moab Field Manager Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt.

    The BLM opened the 30-day scoping period for the proposal Monday. Comments will be accepted by letter, email or ePlanning until June 30. The most useful comments are specific and contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposal. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but might be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Reference attn: Mineral-Hell Roaring when emailing comments.

    Written comments may be mailed, emailed, or submitted through ePlanning.

    Mail: Bureau of Land Management, 82 E. Dogwood Ave., Moab, UT 84532; Attn: Mineral-Hell Roaring.

    Email: or; ePlanning website

    Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment — including personal identifying

    information — might be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

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