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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
 
Release Date: 07/28/14
Contacts: Yanavey McCloskey , 435-865-3032  

Parowan Gap Visitor Site Improvement Construction Begins


Cedar City, Utah—On Aug. 4, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Utah Cedar City Field Office will begin the construction phase of the Parowan Gap Visitor Site Improvement project. The area will remain open for public use during construction, but visitors are advised to use caution and abide by signs closing or cordoning off specific areas.
 
Once complete, the project will reduce recreation-caused degradation to cultural and paleontological resources and threatened and endangered species habitat. The project will also improve visitor experience by locating several new public-parking areas away from cultural resources; installing a convenient vehicle turnaround; constructing a non-motorized visitor trail, shade structure and restroom facility; and stabilizing areas to help prevent rockslides.
 
The Parowan Gap is a small canyon located 12 miles north of Cedar City, Utah, that provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including hiking, geocaching and rock climbing. The canyon also contains unique cultural, paleontological and wildlife resources.
 
“Striking a balance between recreation use and resource protection is a BLM priority and is the driving force behind the Parowan Gap Visitor Site Improvement project,” said Dave Jacobson, BLM-Utah recreation planner. “The project will help us provide a top notch visitor experience while also providing for resource protection,” he added.

For additional project-specific information, please contact Dave Jacobson at (435)865-3010. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message 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: 08-04-2014