BLM Delays Dixie OHV Plan

BLM Delays Dixie OHV Plan

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A proposed amendment to an off-highway vehicle management plan for the St. George and Dixie area has been delayed while the Bureau of Land Management looks for more money to pay for it.

Jim Crisp, manager of the BLM's St. George Field Office, said Friday that plans for Moab, Monticello, Price, Richfield and Vernal have proved costly, partly because of controversies.

So plans in St. George and Cedar City have been deferred .

"We will continue to have scoping on an informal basis," Crisp said. "I don't want to lose the momentum we picked up in the public meetings."

The bureau's 1999 land management plan did not include OHV route designations for Washington County.

Crisp said previously that amending the plan was necessary to establish a network of clearly marked trails so OHV users can travel legally and safely.

State and national guidelines on OHV use have changed since 1999 because of a major increase in OHV use, so now there is confusion as to what areas are open to OHV use and what areas are not, he said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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