Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sound off on San Rafael

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sound off on San Rafael

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National Society for Park Resources

When the dust finally settles, all who complain they didn't have a say on whether the San Rafael Swell should be a national monument will have only themselves to blame. The proposed public input process is unprecedented in its scope and its attempt to include as many interested people as it conceivably can If done correctly, the process will create a new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) model for future federal land management decisions.

The BLM, in conjunction with several other entities, will provide three levels of input for the general public in Emery County, the rest of Utah and the nation. A planned survey will include questions framed, in part, by the disparate interest group-from environmentalists to off-highway-vehicle enthusiasts. The survey will gather random samples of public opinion in Utah and at least a microcosm of the nation; a group of citizens, possibly in Carbondale, Ill., the demographic center of America, will receive an orientation on the Swell and participate in the survey. Beyond those samplings, however, any interested person anywhere in the country will be able to log on to a BLM Web site, receive information about the Swell and take the survey. …

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