Give your opinion on recreation in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM)

Neon_Canyon,_Grand_Staircase-EscalanteBLM invites you to join the conversation about recreation management in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument accessed by HWY 12 and Burr Trail Road.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has partnered with the Natural Resources Center at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, CO, to conduct  the fourth and final phase of the Recreation Experience Baseline Study. The study area includes iconic locations such as the Lower Calf Creek Falls, The Boulder Mail Trail, The Hogback along Scenic Byway 12, The Gulch Outstanding Natural Area, and the Wolverine Loop and Petrified Wood Area.

The study is being led by Dr. Tim Casey, Professor of Political Science at CMU and lead researcher and director of the Natural Resource Center. Dr. Casey is conducting web-based focus groups to help BLM better understand who is recreating on public lands, how they are recreating, and most importantly, WHY they are engaging in recreational activities in this region. The focus groups allow participants to share the qualities of the area that they feel are special as well as what could enhance or diminish their recreational experiences.

Recognizing that many people who care about the public lands in this region do not live in the local area or do not wish to give up time when visiting, we are also providing the option to join the conversation using digital technologies. Nine web-based sessions have been scheduled in coming weeks to allow a wide range of stakeholders to participate in the study.

Web-based sessions are slated for:
Thursday, July 14
·  11 AM (MDT)
·  3 PM (MDT)
·  7 PM (MDT)

Tuesday, July 19
·  11 AM (MDT)
·  3 PM (MDT)
·  7 PM (MDT)

Thursday, July 21
·  11 AM (MDT)
·  3 PM (MDT)
·  7 PM (MDT)

Each session will last approximately 90–120 minutes. To participate, you will need internet access and a phone. Log-in and call-in information will be shared once your scheduled date and time has been confirmed.

Please RSVP your first two preferences for dates and times as soon as possible to: aangus@blm.gov

More information about this study can be found at http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/grand_staircase-escalante/Recreation/0.html

If you have any questions, please contact Allysia Angus at aangus@blm.gov or call 435-826-5615.

Thank you again for your interest in how BLM manages recreation in this region.  We look forward to having you join the conversation by participating in this important study!