The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising the Business Plan for the Paria Special Management Area (SMA).  This area is jointly managed by three BLM offices:  Arizona Strip Field Office, Kanab Field Office, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  The SMA includes the following areas that are within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Wilderness:  Coyote Buttes North (including the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and Paria Canyon (including Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass tributaries).  The BLM is seeking public input on how these areas can be more effectively managed.  The current Business Plan (2008) is available for review.

Please send comments by June 21, 2013, to blm_az_vcnm@blm.gov  
 
The Business Plan will address the following issues:
  • Management of wilderness resources within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
  • Management of SMA access points (developed and undeveloped) including the following: Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch, White House, Middle Route, Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole, and Lone Tree.
  • Management of the Paria Contact Station
  • Improving visitor safety, access to information, and visitor services related to the SMA
  • Objectives of fee collection and use of fee receipts, which includes the following:
    • Labor and operational costs of the SMA and future revenue projections
    • Alternative delivery options of the online permit system for Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and Paria Canyon Overnight
    • Alternative delivery options for last-minute permits for Coyote Buttes North and South. Currently, last-minute permits are issued through a walk-in lottery
    • Possible changes to the cost of permits in order to effectively manage the SMA