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Zion 'Draft' Visitor use Management Plan

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GravityWins, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. GravityWins


    From The Zion National Park Facebook page

    Pretend you are a park manager. How do you fix this complex problem? Make sure that you try to preserve the values described below.

    Problem: Crowding on Angels Landing.

    Reasons to fix the problem: Safety concerns, stress on park infrastructure, and poor visitor experience.

    A solution must:
    -protect the park while maintaining access to the trail (you can't close or significantly alter the historic trail).
    -be fair and apply to all user groups equally (you can't exclude or favor one particular group of visitors).
    -be able to be implemented with current park resources or resources generated by the solution (you can't build new trails to substitute for Angels Landing).
    -prevent another trail from becoming the next Angels Landing (you can't end up shifting the problem to somewhere else).
    -be supported by rigorous study (you can't put a plan in place without evidence that it is needed and that your plan is an appropriate response).
    -stay within the scope of the park (you can't force outside groups to be a part of your plan, but you can try to build new partnerships).
    -consider the input from park partners and other groups (changes within the park will affect stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels).

    Good solutions exist, but they take time to craft and implement and often end up being a compromise between all these values.

    Zion National Park is working toward a solution. The Draft Visitor Use Management Plan will be open for public comment later this year. It will attempt to address crowding issues like this one. In the meantime, you can read the preliminary information here:…
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