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Utah governor opposes plan for reservations at Arches NP

“The state of Utah cannot support the plan as it is currently written,” concludes a letter from the office of Gov. Gary Herbert to the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks Superintendent Kate Cannon with regard to the proposed reservation system at Arches National Park. While noting that, “we are united in seeking a management plan to protect and preserve these crown jewels of Utah without creating long-term harm to the local economy,” the letter suggests that, “not all feasible options have been explored and the plan lacks sufficient detail in critical areas.”

In the letter, Gov. Herbert asks that the National Park Service reconsider a “secondary entrance road and fee booth alternative” as well as the “built-for-demand alternative,” saying that, “the ability of new hiking trails to lessen overcrowding at congested areas is an untapped tool that should be fully analyzed in this [environmental assessment].”


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