Zion National Park has completed a plan to guide management actions and visitor use on the Virgin River and its tributaries.
The plan was necessary as sections of the river in 2009 were added to the National Wild and Scenic River System. The Wild and Scenic River designation includes segments of the Virgin River, La Verkin Creek, Taylor Creek, and North Creek (including some tributaries) in Zion National Park and adjacent Bureau of Land Management wilderness.
The completed plan will provide a framework to guide future resource management and visitor use.
The plan provides protection for 144 miles of designated wild and scenic rivers within Zion National Park. The management and monitoring strategies found in the plan are designed to protect and enhance the rivers' free-flowing condition, water quality, and other values that qualify these river segments for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System.
The management plan identifies:
* The kinds and amounts of visitor use that each river segment can accommodate while ensuring protection of river values;
* The types and levels of development allowed in each river corridor;
* Indicators that will be monitored to track changes caused by human activity;
* Adaptive management strategies to implement as changes occur;
* Actions to preserve the rivers free flowing condition; and
* Actions to protect and enhance water quality, ecological processes, scenic values, recreational opportunities, and fish and wildlife.
To read the details of the management plan, go to this page.