BLM buys land near Kanarraville Falls, protects recreation

Upper end of Kanarraville Falls hike, Aug. 15, 2016 | Photo by The Great Southwestern Exploration Company via Flickr, St. George News

CEDAR CITY – The Bureau of Land Management has purchased nearly 41 new acres of land, including part of the increasingly popular Kanarra Creek Trail that leads to Kanarraville Falls.

Map of acquired land near Kanarraville Falls | Image courtesy of Bureau of Land Management, St. George News | Click image to enlarge

“This land leads to an incredible slot canyon that is growing in popularity and a WSA (wilderness study area) that is home to two major canyons, with ridges nearly 8,000 feet up,” Keith Rigtrup, acting Cedar City BLM field manager, said.

The property was purchased March 31 and will be used for recreational opportunities and other uses.

“We know there are many groups that have different interests in what this land has to offer, which is why the BLM’s multiple-use mission is uniquely qualified to help coordinate with organizations and local governments that have a vested interest in the area,” Rigtrup said.

Kanarra Creek, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Michelle Campeau via Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office, St. George News

Part of the purchased property sits between land managed by the town of Kanarraville and the BLM-managed Spring Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area, BLM spokesman Christian Venhuizen said in a statement.

The Cedar City Field Office will manage the property in much the same way as surrounding public lands, Venhuizen said, including dispersed recreation, wildlife habitat and other multiple use opportunities.

The property was purchased from a private company for $660,000 with Land and Water Conservation Fund money, which is designated for sportsmen and recreational access.

The BLM applied for and received the funds in 2016, and the Cedar City Field Office released the draft environmental assessment for purchase of the property in June 2016.

Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1964 and is funded by earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing. Funds are used to purchase private property for parks, wildlife refuges, forests, open spaces, trails and wildlife habitat.

According to the U.S. Department of Interior, which oversees the program, the Fund has distributed $3.9 billion to more than 41,000 state projects and protected 2.37 million acres across the country.

Read more: Land and Water Conservation Fund renewed for 3 years

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2 Comments

  • Who April 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Was there any word on fixing the road?

  • voice of reason April 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Does this mean no more parking fee?

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