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Monday, August 19, 2013

Zion Park Seeks Public Comment On Possible Management Changes

Zion National Park is the most popular park in Utah and one of the most visited in the U.S. The Park Service has drafted proposals to deal with the growing number of visitors, and is inviting public comment on the different ideas.

Comments are invited at these public meetings:
  • 08/20/2013,    6:00 PM    8:00 PM     Dixie Center, Entrada Room, 1835 Convention Center Drive
  • St. George, Utah
  • 08/21/2013,    6:00 PM    8:00 PM     Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd., Springdale, Utah
  • 08/22/2013,    6:00 PM    8:00 PM     University Park Marriott, Connor Room, 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah
You can view information about the proposals by clicking here.

You can also make comments online from the page linked above.

The discussion keys on management of the Virgin River and its tributaries. The river was designated as "Wild and Scenic" in 2009. The proposals now being considered seek to find ways to protect the river while also allowing people to enjoy the park.

Many people value solitude as an important quality in national parks, and the proposals deal with how to balance that with the growing number of visitors. Options include placing more restrictions on the number of people who can visit certain areas in the park, and engage in certain activities.

The Deseret News has this article about the proposals.

We encourage you to share your opinions by participating in the meetings and making comments online.


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