Public Comment is being accepted by the Monticello BLM office on the request by the HITR Foundation to allow trekking along the road and trails within the GSENM. These are non-invasive, controlled adventures that should be allowed. I submitted my comments (below) and hope all goes well.
“I am writing in support of the Hole-In-The-Rock Foundation Trekking Special Use Permit.
The activities planned are consistent with the historical usage of these trails and promote proper use of lands due to the sponsor training/guidance requirements.
The historic nature of the entire length of the Hole-In-The-Rock Road and trails is of significance to the thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. Their continued access and use of these lands should be maintained in perpetuity. Not only is it a cultural/heritage consideration, it is a financial benefit consideration for the many small towns near the trail/road and the many small businesses that depend on these activities.
With the limit on the number of users within the time period, the limit on number of users per group, and the types of activities, I see no justification for denying these groups use for one year with evaluation for four additional years.”
If you are interested in commenting sarch for Monticello BLM and scroll down the page to the press release section for the permit. Your support would be most welcome.