Climbing management plan implemented at Arches N.P.
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The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Arches National Park’s Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan was signed in December.

“This decision was reached after review of the environmental impact analysis and consideration of public comments ...” NPS officials said in a news release earlier this month.

Canyoneering and rock climbing activities in Arches National Park will be managed and monitored and the data will be used to determine whether desired conditions are being met, the news release stated.

Rock climbers will be encouraged to complete a free online self-registration process and groups will be limited to five persons. Canyoneers will be required to complete the free online self-registration process for all routes except for those in the Fiery Furnace, which requires a park permit. Canyoneering groups on the Fiery Furnace and Lost Spring Canyon routes will be limited to six persons, while group size elsewhere will be limited to 10.

While establishment of new routes will be allowed, installation of new fixed gear on new and existing routes will require a free special use permit, NPS officials said.

The plan is available on the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/arch_CCMP_FONSI.

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