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  1. hank moon

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    News Release
    Cedar City Field Office, Utah
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christian Venhuizen, (435) 994-9353

    March 29, 2017

    Maintenance of Kanarraville water system closes portion of Spring Creek Canyon WSA

    KANARRAVILLE, Utah – Maintenance to the town of Kanarraville’s water system will close the hiking trail to Kanarraville Falls through the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Spring Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) to ensure public safety from April 3-6.

    The town of Kanarraville maintains a right-of-way for the pipeline that supplies drinking water to the community.

    Erosion from weather and from hikers exposed the pipeline along the trail and falling rocks pose a hazard to other sections of the pipeline. The town agreed to close the trail that begins on property maintained by Kanarraville and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the closure.

    Work on the pipeline will require some equipment to move through the creek in the WSA. Staff from the BLM’s Cedar City Field Office will monitor the work to help protect natural resources.

    Kanarraville established the right-of-way for the pipeline with the BLM in 1969. In 1991, the town requested to move the pipeline as it made repairs, which resulted in an environmental assessment and approval by the BLM.

    Spring Creek Canyon WSA includes a portion of the Hurricane Cliffs, an impressive west-facing escarpment that extends from north of Cedar City into northwestern Arizona. Two major canyons, Kanarra and Spring Creek, bisect the WSA with elevations ranging from 5,600 feet at the base of the cliffs to almost 7,900 feet on the ridge tops. Vegetation consists primarily of juniper, scrub oak, shrubs and grasses; however, along the riparian zone, sedges, rushes, cottonwoods and willows are prevalent.

    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 sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

    -BLM-

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  2. Jolly Green

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    Closed over Spring Break. Probably not a coincidence. I wonder if they will have the sign before or after you put your parking money in that non-retrievable tube.
  3. hank moon

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    Zion National Park News Release
    March 28th 2017
    For Immediate Release
    John Marciano (435)-703-3826

    Morning Traffic Delays Entering Park from Springdale, April 4 and 5, 2017

    South Entrance Lanes into Park Closed for 15 Minute Intervals for Archaeology Work

    SPRINGDALE, UT – Lanes entering Zion National Park’s South Entrance will be closed for 15 minute intervals 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 4, and Wednesday April 5, 2017. In preparation of moving the South Entrance Monument, in order to accommodate more entrance lanes, Park archaeologists will be 3D laser scanning the Monument.

    Laser Scanning is a fairly new technology to the Park. Last year, Zion archaeologists scanned the inside of the Zion Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel as part of a restoration project. The data can be used to assess current resource conditions, create detailed 3D models, and potentially help park maintenance repair historic resources with exacting precision.

    Archaeologists are currently embarking on a project to laser scan the Park’s most prominent trails, bridges, buildings, campgrounds and cultural sites. There will be similar trail and road closures throughout the year as the crews scan additional areas around the Park.

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    What are the implications of this BLM purchase, regarding visiting the slot canyon in the future? I have been there twice in the past when I have visited Utah (reside in TX), and I really think it is a fantastically cool slot canyon. I have always feared, however, that it would be overrun with visitors, who by sheer volume would not tread lightly. And I could well understand the concern of Kanarraville itself, since this spring provided water for the community.

    Though I haven't been there in about four years or so, the two times I went I parked near the town hall and didn't pay a dime, but had a longer approach hike. (no paved parking lot existed on my earlier visit, but the pay-to-park was in existence on the second visit).
  6. ratagonia

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    There is a contact number on that Press Release. The BLM is likely the people who have an idea what is on the table for access. Yes, it is likely to become more popular. Let us know what you find out.

    Tom
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    Springdale Design Update

    Project Overview:


    Construction is currently scheduled to occur from October 2017 to April 2018, during the lowest Zion National Park visitation timeframe. This is an extremely aggressive schedule and crews will need to work 24 hours a day to complete the project in the time allowed. This means there will be regular nighttime work through the entire duration of the project. With night work there will also likely be noise, dust, light and vibrations in the areas impacted by construction.

    Traffic will be restricted to one lane with one-way flagging in a one-mile segment, with one additional lane closure area allowed. Traffic delays of up to 25 minutes are expected. Business access, driveways and side streets will be impacted by reconstruction and traffic queuing.

    Project Impacts to Trees & Ditches:

    We know that Springdale has many features that make it unique, including the historic irrigation ditches and the tree-lined streets. During the design phase, the project team considered how to best preserve these local features where possible while providing a safe and improved roadway for the public.

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    While the irrigation ditches through town are a beautiful historic feature, they also present many safety issues for pedestrians walking through town. The project team met with the Springdale Town and the Historic Preservation Committee in March 2016 to discuss this issue. Based on this discussion, it was determined that the majority of the ditches through town will be removed but a small section will be left untouched as shown on this map. Additionally, memorial pavers or stamped colored concrete will be placed where ditches are removed.

    Trees
    Since 2009, Springdale Town has been a designated Tree City USA Community. In recognition of this, the SR-9 project team modified the roadway design to preserve as many trees as possible along the corridor. The final design requires the least number of trees be removed as possible, and only in areas where the roadway could not be shifted to accommodate them. This map shows the locations of the twelve trees that will be removed. All other trees along the corridor will be preserved!

    Because UDOT is utilizing all of its' existing property to provide a better roadway and additional improvements like bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks, the project is unable to replace or plant new trees along the roadway.

    Have Questions About the Project?

    Join us June 7 at the Canyon Community Center from 2-5 p.m.


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    This year, UDOT and the Town of Springdale are partnering with the Springdale Public Library's Kids Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World!"


    At 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Springdale Public Works and UDOT Team Members will talk about the SR-9 Renewed project and work zone safety at this fun event for all ages! Come check out some construction equipment and learn more about the project.

    Don't have kids? That's ok. We'll have an information booth at the Canyon Community Center from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. to answer any questions you might have about the SR-9 Renewed project. Come learn more about the project, anticipated impacts and what you can do to prepare for the project now.

    Contact Us:

    If you have questions, the project communications team is here to help! Feel free to contact us at the hotline or email below.



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    We were supposed to be able to drive 40 MPH through Springdale??? Don't believe I ever got above 15!

    I bet it's those dang kids going to the library that's mucking up the traffic!
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    Seriously. They might as well lower all of SR-9 to 35, all the way to Hurricane. It would be more realistic and probably less frustrating.
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    Zion National Park News Release

    Nov 1, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    John Marciano (435) 772-7848; john_b_marciano@nps.gov

    17-41

    Waste Removal Operation Will Close Angels Landing Trail And Scout’s Lookout For Two Half Days In November.

    SPRINGDALE, UT – The Zion Trail Crew and Fire Management staff, will be removing waste from the evaporative toilets at Scout’s Lookout on two different days in November. The first half day closure will take place on Monday November 6, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., then again on Thursday November 9, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The operation to remove the waste requires the use of a helicopter, so safety precautions in the form of trail and road closures will be in effect.

    On both days of the operation, Angels Landing, and the West Rim Trail will be closed between the West Rim / Kayenta Trail junction, and the Patio, just above Scout’s Lookout. Flaggers will be stationed on the Scenic Drive, in the area of Big Bend, for periodic road closures during fly overs. All traffic, including shuttle buses will be delayed during the two days of operations.

    Recommended alternative hikes during this closure period, are Hidden Canyon and Observation Point Trails, which can be accessed from shuttle bus stop 7, Weeping Rock.

    -NPS-
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