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COMMENT ON DEVELOPMENT EXTENDED

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The public-comment period on an environmental assessment of proposed development in the Needles District has been extended to July 21, Superintendent Harvey Wickware announced.

"Due to public interest in the new park facilities and utility improvements, it is desirable to extend the time for the public to consider our proposals by two weeks," Wickware said in a news release.The preferred alternative for development in the southernmost district of the park is an $11.5 million proposal that includes a new visitors center and entrance station, improved and expanded maintenance area, a new residence area with several family dwellings and duplex apartments, utility lines to Squaw Flat Campground and two upgraded parking areas.

The work is planned for completion in two phases by 1993.

Copies of the environmental assessment are available by writing to: Superintendent, Canyonlands National Park, 125 W. 200 South, Moab, UT 84532. Written comments must be received at the same address by July 21 to be considered.