In case you missed it: Beginning today, about 1,100 acres of public lands near Apache Junction are closed for up to two years to construct the Goldfield Recreation Area. The recreation area will enhance recreation opportunities, improve public land management, reduce resource damage, and increase access to nearby trails.
The temporary closure is a safety precaution for both workers and the public.
Beginning Feb. 5, the Bureau of Land Management will close public lands near Apache Junction for approximately two years to construct the Goldfield Recreation Area. The temporary closure is a safety precaution for both workers and the public.
The project area includes approximately 1,091.97 acres of public lands northeast of the City of Apache Junction along State Route 88 near Hackamore and Nodak roads. The recreation area will enhance non-motorized opportunities by establishing equestrian staging areas and designated trails. The recreation area will improve public land management, reduce resource damage, and increase access to nearby trails.
“Our top priority is the safety of the public, our staff, and contractors,” said Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas. “We are excited to work on this area that will increase equestrian, hiking, and biking opportunities in this fast-growing area outside of Phoenix.”
BLM finalized the Goldfield Recreation Area environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact in October. The project responds to increased demand for recreational opportunities and local interest in more active management of area public lands. Scoping for the project began in February. BLM incorporated community input in the final plan.
A Notice of Closure of Selected Public Lands will appear in the Federal Register tomorrow and be available online along with maps and other information at the National NEPA Register. BLM will make a copy of the temporary closure notice and map available at the main entry points to each site, at the Phoenix District Office and on the project website.
For further information, contact Tyler Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-867-5400.