The public is invited and encouraged to attend presentations by Colorado Mesa University’s Dr. Tim Casey as he shares the cumulative, synthesized results of the multi-year GSENM Recreation Experience Baseline Study. The study was phased over four years to focus on different regions of the Monument to allow for in-depth study of each area:

• Phase 1 – Hole in the Rock – Escalante Canyons

• Phase 2 – Grand Staircase

• Phase 3 – Hwy 89 – Vermillion Cliffs

• Phase 4 – Hwy 12 – Burr Trail

Dr. Casey worked with GSENM recreation and planning staff beginning in 2013 to host more than 60 focus groups, both in local communities and digitally via the internet. The study sought to document the public’s connection to place and their thoughts, concerns and preferences regarding recreation management on GSENM and surrounding public lands. More than 400 participants – local leaders, business owners, residents and visitors – engaged in the study over the four years, with the majority of those being from the local communities.

Dr. Tim Casey, Professor of Political Science at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, is a lead researcher and field coordinator at the university’s Natural Resource Center. He has extensive experience working with BLM on similar social science projects on the Colorado Plateau and in the Intermountain West. Dr. Casey has been responsible for facilitation of public meetings and focus groups regarding public lands since 2006. 

The upcoming presentations are scheduled as noted below:

• Monday, August 20, 7 p.m., at the Boulder Community Center, 351 North 100 East, Boulder, UT

• Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m., at the Kanab Visitor Center, 745 Hwy 89 East, Kanab, UT

• Wednesday, August 22, 7 p.m., at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 755 West Main Street, Escalante, UT

For more information, please contact Allysia Angus, GSENM Landscape Architect, at 435-826-5615 or aangus@blm.gov. Or if you have questions about the research, please contact Dr. Tim Casey at 970-248-1095 or tcasey@coloradomesa.edu.