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Corona Arch & Gemini Bridges Restrictions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rick Demarest, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Rick Demarest

    Rick Demarest

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  2. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Thanks to Devin Supertramp...
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  3. ratagonia

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    the press release at the link says:

    Release Date: 01/06/15
    Contacts:Megan Crandall, 801-539-4020

    BLM Restricts Roped Activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges

    Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah, Moab Field Office will temporarily restrict roped activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges for a two-year period. These activities include ziplining, highlining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling, and rope swinging.

    “This temporary restriction provides the BLM with time to continue working with the public to develop appropriate recreation management strategies for these two popular recreation destinations,” said Moab Field Office Manager, Beth Ransel.

    The decision to temporarily restrict these activities is in response to comments expressed by the public regarding user conflicts, particularly in the Corona Arch area. Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges each receive more than 40,000 visitors each annually and are located at the end of very popular hiking trails that are iconic destinations for visitors to the Moab area.

    Maps of the restricted areas are available on the Moab Field Office webpage at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/recreation.html.

    The Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record are posted on the Environmental Notification Bulletin (ENBB) at:
    https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php; search for project name “Corona.”
    For additional restriction-specific information, contact Beth Ransel at (435) 259-2100. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
  4. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Is that an X slot?

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    I hope it stays temporary, and the new plan well thought out.
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  5. Kuenn

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    Ouch, that didn't take long to "lock down". Wasn't it about this time last year that SITLA surrender control of Corona to BLM?

    Having dealt with the effects of USFWS cave closures east of the Mississippi due to WNS issues, history will confirm, once the virtual gates are locked, getting them back open can prove quite challenging. And no, I'm not a hater, just an uncomfortable and impatient citizen.

    Special place is Gemini Bridges. Second destination in Utah where I dropped a rope - way back when. Great place for working out those ascending kinks…the alternative hike out will practically demand it.

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  6. Deagol

    Deagol too many hobbies

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    that deodorant commercial they filmed at Corona probably didn't help matters
  7. Bootboy

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    Right?

    This is what I fear for the future of canyoneering. Easy with the gopros folks...
  8. Red Cloud

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    Was in Moab over the MLK Holiday Weekend. The Times Independent - dated January 15, 2015 - was in an eatery and I/we chanced at the paper/article written by Molly Marcello, Staff Writer re "Two Year Restriction". Taking in part from what she wrote.

    "Many submitted comments complained that the screaming and yelling by those participating in the high-adrenaline sports and the presence of people engaging in rope activities in the viewshed distracted from the backcountry experience."

    "According to the EA, Corona Arch and Gemini ridges are the most popular and most photographed geological features on public lands in the Moab areas. The EA also noted that viewing and photographing the Corona Arch and the Gemini Bridges "in their natural state" requires the "absence of those engaged in roped activities." "

    (Moab BLM Field Manager Beth Ransel) "Ransel said the majority of people who recreate in the Corora and Gemeni Bridges areas are hikers, and the BLM must manage their lands according to highest use." "The BLM also received complaints related to "defacement" of the Corona Arch due to rope swings.

    The article continued in discussing accidents, mentioned other public land options for 'rope activity' at the "Fruit Bowl" and concluded with a quote by Ransel "We'll come out with a decision for the best way to manage those lands."
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  9. Kuenn

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    The EA also noted that viewing and photographing the Corona Arch and the Gemini Bridges "in their natural state" requires the "absence of those engaged in roped activities."

    Good golly Ms Molly! I waited for over an hour trying to capture Delicate Arch in its natural state. Never happened. Just too many tourist engaged in camera activity. :rolleyes2:
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