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Governors office seeks input on recreation venues

Many relatively unknown beautiful areas exist in the Castle Valley area.

The Governor's Outdoor Recreation Task Force wants to know what makes Utah a world-class adventure destination. The task force is requesting input from the public about their favorite well-known and not-so-well-known recreation destinations.

"Utah is fortunate to have five spectacular national parks; the most of any state in the nation," said Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. "We want input on those parks, and also the lesser known areas of the state which could include exhilarating hiking and biking trails and breathtaking vistas."

The destinations include a wide range of lands managed by federal, state and local authorities. Some areas have significant infrastructure and amenities, while other areas have no services for miles.

The task force will analyze the potential of each outdoor destination and then work to promote and protect Utah's impressive outdoor recreation economy and lifestyle.

"Outdoor recreation is an increasingly important component of Utah's economy," said Governor Huntsman. "Appropriate management and preservation of Utah's outstanding natural areas is essential to the continued vitality of the state's outdoor recreation economy for residents and visitors alike."

The task force wants to know if the current infrastructure on the areas are adequate to meet future needs, if there are economic opportunities associated with the areas, and if the areas are threatened by potential development, over-visitation or neglect.

This is a chance for eastern Utah residents to open up and submit their opinions on areas in the two county area. Many of the most beautiful venues in the state are in the surrounding area, some of which are relatively unknown. It also gives residents a chance to promote development for tourism facilities in both counties as well.

The public can provide input to the Outdoor Recreation Economic Ecosystem Task Force by logging onto and clicking on the "Survey" link.

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