The Park Service is gathering 'Scoping' comments from the public regarding the update of the 1988 Management Plan for the Backcountry at GC. The Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2010. The gathering of 'scoping' comments is meant to gather comments as to what the public is concerned about/would like to see in the new Management Plan.
Information regarding the EIS and the Backcountry Use portion is available here:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cf ... ntID=39899
The old 1988 Management Plan is linked on the above page.
Submit your comments online here:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm ... ntID=39899
Scoping comments will be accepted for 60 days, through June 27, 2011. Written comments may be submitted via the internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grca
(the preferred method); by mail to Superintendent Grand Canyon National Park, Attn: Backcountry Management Plan, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023; by hand-delivery to Park Headquarters, 1 Village Loop, Grand Canyon, Arizona or at one of the open house meetings.
We've had some good conversations on the forum regarding WagBags, Noise, etc. and this is the time to bring the issues to the attention of the Park Service.