After years of work the Bureau of Land Management has released the final environmental assessment on the popular Bangs Canyon recreation area south of Grand Junction.
Due to its proximity to the Grand Valley, Bangs Canyon has been an area of controversy, with intense discussions between various user groups.
The decision triples the amount of backcountry area with wilderness qualities and expands designated shared use trails and improves recreation opportunities while protecting resources.
The needs of nearby residents were also taken into account by placing noise limits on vehicles in areas near Little Park. BLM Recreation Specialist Britta Laub says this is the first time noise limits have been used as a management tool by the Bureau.
The plan now undergoes a 30-day period of appeals.
For more information on the Bangs Canyon Plan go to our Web site at www.nbc11news.com and click on local links to find the government section. Copies area also available by calling the Bureau of Land Management at 244–3000.