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Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park » Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan » Document List

The draft Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area is ready for public review. You can find the document posted on this website under the "Open for Comment" tab on the left side menu.

The purpose of this draft plan is to accomplish the following:

• Provide an integrated framework for decision making for the stewardship of wilderness and backcountry lands of Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP and the backcountry lands of Curecanti NRA.

• Balance the demands of visitor activities to protect resources and wilderness character.

• Provide long-term direction to preserve wilderness and backcountry resources while offering a spectrum of visitor opportunities across both units.

• Identify resource indicators and measures to monitor changes in condition as well as visitor capacities in fulfillment of legal requirements (1978 National Parks and Recreation Act).

The 30-day public comment period is open June 21-July 21, 2022. Comments may be submitted electronically through this PEPC website or mailed to the park (address included below).

The NPS planning team will analyze feedback received during this public comment period to finalize the Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan and related National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. The final record of decision is scheduled to be completed this winter and will be posted on this site once available.

Contact Information

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP-Curecanti NRA
Attention: Superintendent Deanna Greco
102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230