Wildlife Viewing Pullouts
Wildlife viewing pullouts improve opportunities for visitors to view and photograph wildlife. Wildlife pullouts and associated interpretive panels will increase opportunities for park visitors to learn about the wildlife and their habitat including both large and small mammals like elk, pronghorn, and the Utah prairie dog. Currently, there are no pullouts in areas with the highest density of wildlife (especially in East Creek Meadow), which results in visitors frequently pulling off the road causing ruts along the road shoulder and increasing disturbed habitat. Vehicles also frequently stop in the middle of the road which decreases visitor safety. This project will support an increase in visitor awareness and stewardship of the park's wildlife and their habitat while improving visitor safety.
We are currently in the scoping phase of this project, and invite you to submit your written comments on the proposed project including issues you feel need to be addressed in the EA. These comments will be considered during preparation of EA document.
Please submit your comments by February 15, 2009.
Sarah Haas, Biologist/Compliance Specialist
Bryce Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a wildlife viewing pullouts project in the park. The EA is needed in order to evaluate potential impacts to the natural and cultural environment from proposed project activities, including impacts to Utah prairie dog habitat. The NPS is soliciting comments from the public to help identify issues associated with this project and develop alternative resource protection approaches that will be evaluated in the EA.