BLM announces proposal for Calf Creek Recreation Site improvements

Thirty-day public comment period for Notice of Proposed Development begins today

KANAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering site improvements at the Calf Creek Recreation Area in Garfield County, Utah, and today published a notice of proposed development to solicit public input for this project. If implemented, this proposal would address both deferred maintenance needs and allow for upgraded site improvements within one of the most popular recreation sites on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

“The popularity of Calf Creek has increased over the past ten years,” said Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument Manager Vicki Tyler. “Our goal is to implement additional measures that will enhance the visitor experience while improving public access and safety as well as reducing resource degradation.” The BLM has published an ArcGIS StoryMap to describe the project proposal which is available at http://bitly.ws/dH4r.

Proposed improvements may include:

  • Constructing new overflow parking areas and expanding/reconfiguring the existing main parking area.
  • Widening the access road throughout the main use area.
  • Modernizing and adding additional camping units.
  • Replacing old infrastructure (e.g., vehicular bridge, shade shelters, restroom building, fee station).
  • Installing a communication fiber line, which will allow for digital fee payment and the installation of emergency phones.
  • Rerouting the beginning of the Lower Calf Creek Trail around (rather than through) the campground to improve user orientation and separate hiking and camping uses.

 “The completion of this deferred maintenance and capital improvement project should help improve customer service at Calf Creek for years to come,” said Paria River District Manager Harry Barber. “We welcome public input in helping develop this project as we work through the planning process.”

The 30-day public comment period will end on June 30, 2021. Interested members of the public, local governments, tribal members, organizations, and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments.

All comments must be submitted on the BLM’s ePlanning website at https://go.usa.gov/x6g7W.  The notice of proposed development and all associated documents can be viewed on ePlanning. To be considered, comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021. Please be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, it is not guaranteed. 

For additional information, please contact the Allysia Angus at (435) 826-5600. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1 (800) 877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

-BLM-

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

 

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This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Bureau of Land Management

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Paria River District

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