BLM Seeks Public Comment on Joe’s Valley Bouldering Plan

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Press Release

The Bureau of Land Management’s Price Field Office (BLM) is seeking comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes a joint plan by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The proposal includes designating and improving two campsites, designating trails and parking areas, and restoring areas impacted by visitor activities in Joe’s Valley, west of Castle Dale, in Emery County.

Joe’s Valley is a national bouldering destination that hosts visitors from around the world who enjoy climbing, hiking and camping in the area. An increase in recreation has impacted the area’s resources, resulting in undesignated trails and campsites, soil erosion, and human waste issues. The EA analyzes a range of recreational opportunities while minimizing impacts to resources. The EA also examines cultural resources, livestock grazing, sensitive plants and wildlife, which the public discussed during public scoping.

The EA, associated maps and other information are located on the BLM’s ePlanning website (https://go.usa.gov/xXseh). Comments can be submitted through the ePlanning website, as well as by mail and email. Written comments should reference “Joe’s Valley Bouldering EA” and be mailed to: BLM Price Field Office 125 South 600 West Price, UT 84501 or emailed to: BLM_UT_PR_MAIL@blm.gov. The BLM will accept comments through April 13, 2017.

The most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in any comments, please 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.

For further information, please call the Price Field Office (435) 636-3600. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are made during normal business hours.

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