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Grand Canyon seeks changes

Posted at 11:40 AM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 13:40:40-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Grand Canyon is proposing changes to how backcountry areas are managed as more outdoor enthusiasts take to the park's remote terrain.
    
The National Park Service has outlined three options for revising a 1988 backcountry management plan. Park officials say the increased popularity of canyoneering, climbing, rim-to-rim runs and extended day hikes have raised concerns over resources, water and human waste.
    
The option preferred by the park would reduce group sizes for overnight backpacking in some of the most remote areas, develop more campsites at the bottom of the canyon and limit commercially guided services. Another option would be to leave things as is.
    
The Grand Canyon's backcountry covers more than 1 million acres. The public has 90 days to comment on the proposals.