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Trails Planning With the BLM in Cedar City, UT

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), through its Cedar City Field Office in Utah, is conducting an Environmental Assessment to incorporate additional proposed trails to address growing recreation demand in the area. Approximately 10 miles of user-created, non-system trails have been identified and need to be reviewed and assessed for sustainability and adoption into the official trail system.

To assist them in this effort, the BLM have retained IMBA Trail Solutions to create a feasibility study and assessment that will assist in determining if a trail network could be establishing using current user-created trails and 10,000 acres of high-use public lands immediately east of Cedar City, UT. The BLM and Trail Solutions will develop conceptual trail designs to address a trail network that will encompass the demand and need for more trails and connect with Cedar City. The project will be performed in two parts: a feasibility assessment followed by design work.

Trail advocates and interested parties will have an opportunity to influence the project to ensure that it meets local needs. IMBA Southwest Regional Director Patrick Kell and local advocates from IMBA's chapter in southwest Utah—Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association—met with the BLM in Cedar City at the inception of this project in 2013. We are very pleased with the progress!

The initial phase will begin with a public meeting on Monday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Southern Utah University, 351 West University Boulevard, Cedar City, UT, 84720.

PHOTO: Gooseberry Mesa North Rim near Hurricane, UT. Credit to Anthony Harasimowicz, from MTBProject.com.

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