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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Phoenix District
 
Release Date: 05/29/14
Contacts: Mike Abalos , 623-580-6558  
  Victor Vizcaino , 623-580-5520  

Public Invited to Develop the Black Canyon Recreation and Travel Management Plan


PHOENIX— The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public to participate in the development of the Black Canyon Recreation and Travel Management Plan.  In 2010, the BLM finalized land use plans that allow for recreational uses in the Black Canyon and Agua Fria area.  The planning area includes public lands along the I-17 corridor north of Phoenix extending to the Dewey/Humbolt area.  The area contains the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail. For information about the project, including maps of the area, go to:http://on.doi.gov/1jIQv3q

The agency needs the public’s help now identifying specific issues and concerns regarding open access, recreational use, public health and safety, and environmental issues that may impact natural, historical, and cultural resources. The plan will provide for a comprehensive trail system for approximately 325 miles of motorized and non-motorized trails, recreation opportunities, locations for parking/staging/camping areas, and plan for opportunities that are important to visitors.

The public is invited to these meetings:

  • June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Mayer High School.  17300 E. Mule Deer Dr, Spring Valley, AZ  86333
  • June 12 at 6p.m. at the Deer Valley Community Center. 2001 W. Wahalla Lane, Phoenix, AZ  85027
  • June 24 at 2 p.m. at the BLM Phoenix District Office. 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85027
    This meeting is open the public, but will be focused on special recreation permits.

After hearing the issues that are important to the public, the BLM will prepare an environmental assessment.

The official 45-day comment period for the project will occur from June 1 through July 15, 2014.  The BLM would like to know what roads are used, what types of recreational activities are desired and where they are desired, where commercial activities are occurring, such as ranching, mining, tourism, and other considerations the public wants to bring to our attention.

  • You may submit your comments electronically by emailing them to: blm_az_blackcanyon@blm.gov
  • You may mail your comments to: BLM Hassayampa Field Office, ATTN: Victor Vizcaino, Black Canyon, 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona  85027, or by fax to: Victor Vizcaino at 623-580-5580.
  • You can also participate on the discussion board starting June 1, 2014, at http://blackcanyon.mindmixer.com/.

If you have any question about this project, please contact Victor Vizcaino, BLM Hassayampa Field Office Recreation Technician at 623-580-5520,vvizcaino@blm.gov, or Tom Bickauskas, BLM Hassayampa Field Office Travel Management Coordinator at 623-580-5502, tbickaus@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 05-29-2014