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ePlanning DOI-BLM-AZ-A020-2019-0003-EA (Proposed Change in Management of Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and other Related Actions)  
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Environmental Assessment Released
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Proposed Change in Management of Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Environmental Assessment (EA) that considers an increase in visitor access on public lands within the Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, specifically Coyote Buttes North, which includes the popular destination known as the Wave. The EA evaluates a variety of active management options to increase recreational access while preserving wilderness values on BLM-managed public lands located east of Kanab, Utah and west of Page, Arizona. The public has the opportunity to provide input on the analysis during a 30-day comment period from September 13 through October 12, 2019. 
 
 
 
 
Consistent with the Department of Interior Secretary's Orders 3347 and 3366 and public input received during scoping, the EA analyzes two action alternatives for the increasing visitor use numbers in the Coyote Buttes North permit area of the wilderness (where the Wave is located). Alternative A analyzes allowing up to 96 people per day and Alternative B analyzes allowing up to 48  people per day. Alternatives A and B also include a number of actions that would mitigate issues connected to a possible increase in visitor numbers.

Alternatives A and B are based on visitor limits established in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Resource Management Plan. Alternative C, the No Action Alternative, would retain the current number at 20 visitors per day; the No Action Alternative is considered and analyzed to provide a baseline for comparing the impacts of the other alternatives. No changes to permit numbers for Coyote Buttes South or Buckskin/Paria Canyon are proposed.
 
Public meetings will be held at the following locations:
September 24, 2019:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 850 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.
September 25, 2019:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Police Department community room, 808 Coppermine Road, Page, Arizona.
September 26, 2019:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School, 690 South Cowboy Way, Kanab, Utah.


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The 30-day comment period has ended.