Wilderness Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
The National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are planning for the future of eight wilderness areas in Lake Mead National Recreation Area and adjacent BLM lands. A wilderness management plan / environmental impact statement will establish a framework for long-term management of these areas. A draft wilderness management plan / environmental assessment was published in April 2010; however, the draft wilderness management plan / environmental assessment was not approved due to concerns expressed by American Indian tribes and climbers regarding the use of the Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon wilderness areas.
We have subsequently agreed to prepare a revised wilderness management plan / environmental impact statement to address management of all eight of the wilderness areas. This revised wilderness management plan / environmental impact statement will provide accountability and consistency for the management of the wilderness areas. As part of the overall planning process, we have begun to develop preliminary alternatives. This newsletter identifies three preliminary alternatives for managing the wilderness areas to ensure resource protection, sensitivity to cultural resource values and high-quality visitor experiences in the future. A range of climbing management options is also included in the newsletter.
We would like to hear your comments and suggestions on these preliminary alternatives and climbing management options. Please send your comments via the internet at http:// parkplanning.nps.gov. Click on Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then "Wilderness Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement" to leave your comments. You can also mail comments to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, c/o National Park Service, Denver Service Center – Planning, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-0287. Please comment before April 12, 2013
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
If you have any questions on this planning process, please contact Greg Jarvis, Project Manager, National Park Service at the above address (telephone: 303-969-2263) and Mark Tanaka-Sanders, Wilderness Planner, Bureau of Land Management, 4701 North Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, NV 89130 (telephone: 702-515-5039).
Public communication, collaboration, and cooperation are essential to developing a successful wilderness management plan. Thank you for your time and effort to help us plan for the future of the Lake Mead and adjacent BLM wilderness areas.
William K. Dickinson, Superintendent Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Timothy Smith, District Manager Southern Nevada District Office
Greg Jarvis, Project Manager, National Park Service, 12795 W Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225 (303-969-2263) and Mark Tanaka-Sanders, Wilderness Planner, Bureau of Land Management, 4701 North Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, NV 89130 (702-515-5039)