The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District Office will host an open house on Wednesday, September 30, from 6-8 p.m. to provide information and obtain public feedback on the Paria Canyon-Coyote Buttes Special Management Area Draft Business Plan. The meeting will be held in the Kanab BLM Administrative Building conference room at 669 South Highway 89A in Kanab, Utah.

The BLM extended the public comment period to obtain feedback on the proposals detailed in the Paria Canyon-Coyote Buttes Special Management Area Draft Business Plan. The draft plan was released July 15, 2015. The deadline for comments is October 16, 2015.

The plan proposes to streamline the permit reservation process by transitioning all permit operations for Paria Canyon Overnight, Coyote Buttes North (including the Wave) and Coyote Buttes South to a single, reservation portal on “Recreation.gov” beginning in early 2016.

The plan would eliminate the existing next-day, walk-in lottery for Coyote Buttes North and move to a 48-hour online lottery, thus providing visitors to the Arizona Strip and southern Utah advance knowledge of whether they can obtain permits.

Moving the system to Recreation.gov will also free BLM staff to provide critical face-to-face safety and weather updates to visitors.

Under the proposed plan, fees would change for each of the units. Fees have not changed since they were established in 1997.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the permit process and proposed fee adjustments, both of which are addressed in the Paria Canyon-Canyon Buttes Special Management Area Draft Business Plan, by October 16, 2015. Comments may be provided by mail or in person at 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790 or via e-mail to blm_az_vcnm@blm.gov.

To view a copy of the Business Plan and for more information on the Paria Canyon-Coyote Buttes Special Recreation Area, go to: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/arizona_strip_field.html