RECREATION

BLM accepting comments on proposals aiming to better manage camping areas

May 24, 2022, 5:30 PM
A designated camping spot....
An example of a BLM designated spot. Photo credit: The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office.

MOAB, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office is looking for the public’s help. The agency said Tuesday it wants input on proposals to make dispersed camping in high-use areas more sustainable. 

The BLM noted that the lands managed by the Moab Field Office receive over three million visits every year — a number BLM expects to grow. The agency said public input would help it determine how to manage the recreation areas.

The proposals include:

  • whether to ensure camping is in marked individual campsites,
  • whether designated campsites outside of campgrounds require portable toilets and/or fire pans,
  • and whether to prohibit wood cutting and gathering in the area.

“These proposals are not designed to limit camping, but to focus dispersed camping in areas that are well-suited for that use,” said Moab Field Manager Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt. “If implemented, these proposals will help address resource concerns and will provide opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beautiful views and outstanding recreation here for generations to come.”

The proposed changes would affect the 120,037-acre Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges Special Recreation Management Area, the 9,180-acre Two Rivers Special Recreation Management Area, the 16,704-acre Utah Rims Special Recreation Management Area, and along the Sunshine Wall. 

“Dispersed camping has grown in popularity along the rivers,” the BLM said on its website, “often causing inadvertent impacts to cultural and natural resources, including wildlife habitat.”

“These proposals are a result of needs on the ground, conversations with local leaders and our government partners and input from BLM specialists and subject-matter experts,” said Canyon Country District Manager Gary Torres.

“We look forward to hearing from the general public and this input will help inform the final decision and shape our next steps.”

Members of the public may submit comments until June 23 in the form of a letter of online comment.

Comments can be submitted for Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges, Twin Rivers, and Utah Rims through the BLM’s ePlanning webpages. 

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BLM accepting comments on proposals aiming to better manage camping areas