LB - Yavapai Herbal Services

Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : latest news : state May 1, 2016

1/29/2014 3:40:00 PM
Park Service OHV plan for Lake Powell area draws conservation groups' ire
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
• Established in 1972.

• Covers 1 million acres in Arizona and Nevada.

• Includes Lake Powell, which is 168 miles long.

• Glen Canyon Dam, which created the lake, was completed in 1966.

Cronkite News Service

PHOENIX - The National Park Service has proposed making 17 areas of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area available for off-highway vehicle use, saying the plan would help attract a wider range of park users.

"We created a balance that meets the needs of all recreational opportunities," said Brian Carey, a management assistant at the park, which includes 1 million acres of Arizona and Utah around Lake Powell.

It's the preferred alternative among five in an environmental impact statement posted Jan. 15 for public comment. The alternatives range from prohibiting OHV use to making no changes.

To settle a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups, the National Park Service agreed in 2008 to develop plans to curb illegal OHV use at Glen Canyon and nine parks beyond Arizona.

The preferred alternative for Glen Canyon includes adding 15-25 mph speed limits, quiet hours, noise restrictions and new signage.

"More off-road access is being added to high-use areas, like Lone Rock Beach and its play area," Carey said. "People have more access."

The public has 60 days to comment on the environmental impact statement via Glen Canyon's website.

Kristen Brengel, senior director for legislation and policy for the National Parks Conservation Association, one of the groups that sued for OHV plans, said that while her organization is drafting an official response it would prefer a more restrictive alternative for Glen Canyon.

"It's a very remote and pristine wilderness area, and it's the last of its kind," she said.

OHV riders are using more than 400 roads in the area without oversight from the Park Service, Brengel said. The noise disturbs the ambiance of and scares wild animals into more remote areas where people never see them, she said.

Kim Crumbo, director of Grand Canyon National Wildlands Council, said his and other conservation groups in the region consider the preferred alternative detrimental to the environment.

"The desert is an incredibly fragile environment because it doesn't see as much rain as other places," he said. "If someone rips up the vegetation it takes a long time to grow back."

John Fellmeth, president of SPEAR, a New Mexico-based off-road enthusiast group that advocates for access on public lands, said the conservation groups' fears about the proposal are unfounded.

"If a trail is marked, motorized recreation users are responsible people and stay on the trail," he said.

Carey noted that the proposal includes new signage to tell riders where they can and can't go as well as social media programs to promote responsible OHV use.

"It's important to educate the public, and I'm hopeful we figured out the difficult issues to find a good balance," Carey said.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Mingus recognized among America's best high schools (3358 views)

•   Blaze destroys RV and jeep Sunday; freeway traffic blocked (2852 views)

•   Horrors of human trafficking hit close to home in Verde Valley forum (with video) (2611 views)

•   Cottonwood gets first bee scare of spring season (2450 views)

•   New subdivision, 500 homes: Vineyards at Cottonwood coming soon (2342 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - Father Son Look a Like Contest
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
LB - Yavapai Herbal Services

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved