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BLM Monticello Public Comment Period - Get Your Voice Heard!
Submitted By: Andy Laakmann on Feb 1, 2008

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Public comment period on BLM Monticello Field Office Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) open until February 8, 2008.

This isn't so much a direct climbing access issue as it is general public lands management issue. BLM documents being revised affect, in particular, Arch Canyon, Indian Creek and Vlley of the Gods areas. I suggest climbers at least comment that rock climbing should be included as a recreational activity.

Review the documents and make comments at BLM's website, blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello...

"Tucked into Utah's southeast corner, the Monticello district boasts some of the most extraordinary ancient cultural sites in Utah, including granaries, cliff dwellings, and rock art. Here, one can still enjoy undeveloped vistas and find solitude in remote, seldom-visited canyons. These experiences are slowly disappearing, however, as off-road vehicle use becomes increasingly popular, and oil and gas development rapidly enroaches on prisine areas. Spectacular Arch Canyon, with its rare perennial desert stream, has already seen devastating ORV damage. Meanwhile, speculative oil and gas exploration occurs at the doorsteop of Hovenweep National Monument, leaving lasting scars near the Utah-Colorado border."
--from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance website, suwa.org/site/PageServer?pagen...

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By Rob Dillon
Feb 4, 2008
THIS IS IMPORTANT!

IT'S TIME TO INTRODUCE THE IDEA THAT MAYBE WE DON'T HAVE A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT TO RIP IT UP ON OUR TOYS ANYPLACE ONTHE PLANET.
By EricW
From: Sandy, Ut
Feb 6, 2008
email sent. I hope this helps keep this area aways from off road vehicles. I have dirt bikes and there are plenty of places to take them without disturbing hikers, climbers, and people enjoying quietness.
By Rob Dillon
Feb 6, 2008
suwa.org/site/PageServer?pagen...