Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Participate in the GSENM Recreation Experience Baseline Study

Tell the BLM that paving the HITRR is WRONG!

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Hole in the Rock Road (HITRR) is a vital link to some of the greatest slot canyons in the world. As you can read below, the BLM is conducting a study to assess the public’s relationship with this remarkable area. An increasingly vocal minority is determined to pave HITRR and transform one of our last remaining wilderness experiences into a more convenient drive for tourists. Please add your voice and help make sure we retain this precious resource by participating in the study. Only a limited number of participants will be included, so respond ASAP to the email link below.

BLM ANNOUNCEMENT: GSENM Recreation Experience Baseline Study
GSENM has partnered with the Natural Resources Center at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, CO, to conduct a Recreation Experience Baseline Study for the Hole in the Rock Area. The study is being led by Dr. Tim Casey, Professor of Political Science at CMU. Dr. Casey is a lead researcher and field coordinator at the Natural Resource Center and has extensive experience working with BLM on similar social science projects on the Colorado Plateau. Dr. Casey, along with students from the university, is conducting both face-to-face and web-based focus groups through the 2013 visitation season. These sessions are geared toward helping BLM better understand not only who is recreating on public lands and how they are recreating, but more importantly, WHY they are engaging in recreational activities in this region of the Monument. The focus groups will allow participants to share the qualities of the area that they feel are special as well as what could enhance or diminish their recreational experiences.

To date, two rounds of face-to-face sessions have been conducted in Escalante and Boulder, Utah – in March and in late May/early June. The last face-to-face round of sessions is scheduled for September 27 and 28 in conjunction with the Escalante Canyons Art Festival.

Recognizing that many people who care about the public lands accessed by Hole in the Rock Road do not live in the local area or do not wish to give up time when visiting, we are also providing the option to join the conversation using digital technologies. Nine web-based sessions have been scheduled in coming weeks to allow a wide range of stakeholders to participate in the study.

Web-based sessions are slated for:
• Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM (all MST)
• Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM (all MST)
• Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM (all MST)

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes and is limited to 15 people. To participate you will need internet access and a phone. Log-in and call-in information will be shared once your scheduled date and time has been confirmed.

• Please RSVP your first two preferences for dates and times as soon as possible to: Allysia Angus

• If you have any questions, please contact me via email or phone (contact information is noted below).

Thank you again for your interest in GSENM and recreation management in the Hole in the Rock area. We look forward to having you join the conversation by participating in this important study!

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Allysia Angus
Landscape Architect / Land Use Planner
BLM – Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
755 W Main Street / PO Box 225
Escalante UT 84726

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