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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
 
Release Date: 08/25/14
Contacts: Megan Crandall , 801-539-4020  
  Lisa Bryant , 435-259-2150  

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Restricting Roped Activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges


Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah, Moab Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed two-year restriction on roped activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges. Roped activities include ziplining, highlining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling, and rope swinging. 
 
The temporary restriction is proposed in response to public comments indicating that roped activities at these locations may interfere with the experiences of other recreationists in the area. Both Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges are located at the end of very popular hiking trails and are iconic destinations for visitors to the Moab area, each receiving more than 40,000 visitors annually. The Corona Arch is also located within a Hiking Focus Area on a parcel of land acquired by the BLM from the State of Utah in the May 2014 Recreational Land Exchange.
 
The EA is available for review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin (ENBB) at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Corona.” Comments on the EA should be as specific as possible. 
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email through Sept. 25, 2014.   Please reference “Corona” when submitting comments. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mail
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
Attn: Katie Stevens
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532  
 
Email
blm_ut_mb_comments@blm.gov
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay 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.  The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
 

For additional restriction-specific information, contact Beth Ransel at (435) 259-2100. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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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: 08-25-2014