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Should people be allowed to swing on Corona Arch?

First Published Aug 25 2014 04:54PM      Last Updated Aug 25 2014 04:56 pm

(Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune) Corona Arch near Moab has become what is billed as the world's largest rope swing after climbers figured out how to adapt climbing gear to set up a thrilling 250-foot pendulum ride under the arch. Concerned with liability issues, state officials recently shut down the arch, which is on state-owned land, for commercially guided swinging, pictured here on Nov. 4.

Should people be allowed to swing from arches overseen by the Bureau of Land Management? The federal agency wants your opinion on the issue.

The Moab field office of the BLM announced Monday that it has completed an environmental assessment on a proposed two-year restriction on any roped activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges in Grand County.

Activities include ziplining, highlining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling and swining on ropes.

BLM officials say they heard from people enjoying the areas for other recreational activities that the rope sports were having a negative impact on their experience.

"We have gotten complaints from those who go up to enjoy the quiet. Is it too much to ask? It’s the noise that accompanies that activity that’s a problem," Katie Stevens, a recreation planner in BLM’s Moab field office, told the Tribune in June.



A man died in March 2013 when the rope he swung from on Corona Arch was too long. Earlier this year another man ended up with critical head injuries and in a long-term care facility in a similar incident at the arch.

According to the BLM, more than 40,000 people visit each of the destinations annually.

The environmental assessment is available at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php by searching for "Corona." Comments can also be made on the website. Officials encourage people to make comments as specific as possible.

People can also submit written comments to Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, Attn. Katie Stevens, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, Utah 84532 or email to blm_ut_mb_comments@blm.gov_ through Sept. 25.

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman

 

 

 

 

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