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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Cedar City Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/11/14
Contacts: Yanavey McCloskey, 435-865-3032    

BLM Seeks Comments on Parowan Gap Site Improvement Project


CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed project to improve visitor experience and provide safer access at the Parowan Gap in Iron County.
 
The proposed project supports the BLM multiple-use mission by providing for the long-term preservation of cultural and paleontological resources at the site, as well as the restoration of habitat for threatened and endangered species like greater sage-grouse and Utah prairie dog. By replacing non-native and invasive species with native grasses and forbs, the BLM anticipates improving wildlife habitat and preventing continued erosion of some cultural resources currently threatened by noxious weeds.
 
The proposed project would also locate several new public-parking areas away from cultural resources; provide a convenient visitor turnaround, a non-motorized visitor trail, shade structure, and restroom facility; and stabilize areas to help prevent rockslides.
 
The Parowan Gap is home to one of the most concentrated collections of petroglyphs—some estimated to be 5,000 years old—in the American West. Unique geological formations and dinosaur tracks are also found in the area.
 
The EA is available electronically on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php. Search using “Parowan Gap Access" in the project name field.
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until close of business March 3, 2014. Please note comments should be as specific as possible, and the most useful comments contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed plan. Comments containing only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Parowan Gap Access” when submitting written comments.
 
Written comments may be submitted using the following:
 
Mail
Attention: Dave Jacobson
Bureau of Land Management
Cedar City Field Office
176 East D. L. Sargent Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721
 
Email
djacobso@blm.gov
 
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may 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 information on the proposed project, please contact Dave Jacobson at (435)865-3010. 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 for 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: 02-12-2014