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Conservation urged as Zion Park priority

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Zion National Park should grow by about 1,000 acres and make resource conservation a priority, according to a new management plan approved by the National Park Service.

The 20-year master plan is the first for Zion since 1977, when the park, which was designed to handle about 1 million people a year, had 1.4 million visitors. The park now gets an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year.

It emphasizes managing resources rather than adding new facilities for visitors, although it does mention a possible expansion of the Kolob Canyons visitor center.