REMEMBER TO STEP UP!
BY THIS WEDNESDAY (DEADLINE OF FRIDAY) EVERYONE SHOULD READ THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT:
and write a short note. Just write down on a piece of paper what you care about, and send it to the address below.
Indian Creek Recreation Plan.
The BLM recently extended the “scoping” comment period until October 24 for the upcoming Indian Creek Corridor Recreation Plan because it received so few comments -- only about 30 total. More climbers park at the Supercrack parking lot in a single day during the climbing season than wrote to the BLM to comment on how the area should be managed. In fact the proposed ATV safari for the Monticello area received over five times as many comments as the Indian Creek Corridor Recreation Plan!
This is the opportunity for climbers to make known how they feel about Indian Creek and tell the BLM what issues should be considered in the Plan. See the attached pdf for more information about where to write and the general outline of the planning process for Indian Creek.
The new deadline for comments is October 24, so disregard the August 28 deadline noted in the BLM newsletter.
Climbers are increasingly seen as indifferent funhogs that just want free camping without the hassles of agency management. However, hundreds of climbers flock to Indian Creek every weekend during the spring and fall and impacts are increasingly apparent. The BLM's Monticello Field Office is willing to listen to climbers but we have to speak up and get involved. Either way a plan will be written, your input is important!
Issues at stake under the recreation plan include:
· Camping fees
· Camping restrictions (your favorite campsite could be closed or restricted)
· Trail access
· Climbing route closures to protect cultural and natural resources
· Conflicts with other use groups
· Human waste issues
Send your comments to:
Ralph Becker or Laura Hanson
RE: Indian Creek Corridor Recreation Plan
145 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111