Park Service extends comment period for Grand Canyon backcountry management

Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The National Park Service has announced an extension of the public comment period for Grand Canyon National Park backcountry management plan and draft environmental impact statement. The public comment period began Nov. 23, 2015, and will now close April 4.

The extension gives the public additional time to review the draft environmental impact statement and submit comments for consideration. The park’s backcountry encompasses over 1.1 million acres, most of which are proposed for wilderness designation.

The purpose of the backcountry management plan is to establish an up-to-date plan that addresses contemporary backcountry issues and provides an adaptable framework that continues to allow the public to experience and preserve Grand Canyon’s unique backcountry and wilderness.

Grand Canyon’s existing backcountry management plan was completed in 1988 and requires revisions to comply with current National Park Service laws and policies and the park’s 1995 general management plan.

READ MORE: National Park Service seeks public input on backcountry management plan; Grand Canyon

According a press release from Grand Canyon National Park, public participation is an integral part of the planning process and will help ensure the plan’s success.

For more information or to comment on the draft backcountry management plan and environmental impact statement, go to the National Park Service Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Management Plan Web pages starting here.

Comments can also be mailed to:

Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attn: Backcountry Management Plan, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023.

Email: [email protected]

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