Public invited to open house for Iron County off-highway vehicle trail planning

CEDAR CITY — In an attempt to encourage the public to view proposed plans and maps of approximately 500 miles of off-highway vehicle trail networking options between the Paiute and Markagunt trail systems, Iron County and Interagency land managers will host an open house to gather public input.

The open house will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Heritage Festival Center, Room 7, in Cedar City. There will be a formal presentation explaining the time frame and primary goals of the trail system at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to seeking public input, this open house will also start long-term planning efforts to identify new trail opportunities throughout all of Iron County over the next few years.

Outdoor Recreation Planner Dave Jacobson said he is committed to helping create more quality public recreation opportunities in southwest Utah.

“The trail committee and multi-agency partnership is instrumental in developing a transportation plan for recreationalists that want to expand their OHV opportunities,” said Jacobson. “We hope the public will attend and support our open house on March 17.”

Agencies sponsoring this event include Iron County, Utah state parks, the Bureau of Land Management, Dixie National Forest, local municipalities and the Trail Blazers All Terrain Vehicle Club of Cedar City.

For additional information, contact Dave Jacobson at 435-865-3010, Mike Worthin with Iron County at 435-865-5357 or Nick Glidden with the U.S. Forest Service at 435-865-3747.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual.  The Federal Information Relay Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation.

The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under the mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In fiscal year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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