Letter: BLM strikes right balance at Recapture Canyon

First Published      Last Updated Apr 20 2017 05:45 am

The 12-year saga of the Recapture Canyon ATV trail has come to a long-awaited conclusion, barring appeal.

Over 11 miles of motorized trails along the rims of the canyon will remain open and have several improved staging areas and informational kiosks, providing ample recreational opportunities to local residents and visitors alike.

The canyon bottom will remain open to hiking, biking and horseback riding, but closed to motorized use, and the illegally constructed ATV trail, which the canyon has been reclaiming on its own in the past 10 years, will get more reclamation work, obliterating and revegetating portions along its length.

The BLM is to be commended for making a fair, well-reasoned decision that will help to protect the precious archaeological and biological resources within the canyon. This is management that considers all of the stakeholders, as well as what's best for the resource.

Veronica Egan