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New Goldfield Recreation Area Approved by BLM near Apache Junction


Residents and visitors in the Apache Junction region have a new outdoor spot to look forward to. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given the green light for the development of the Goldfield Recreation Area, a space dedicated to non-motorized day use located northeast of Apache Junction in Pinal County.

After completing an in-depth environmental assessment, the decision was made to establish the Goldfield Recreation Area, which will span approximately 1,091 acres of public land. Situated conveniently along State Route 88, near Hackamore and Nodak roads, the site aims to be a focal point for those seeking non-motorized recreational activities.

The initiative comes as a response to the public's increasing demand for recreational spaces and heightened local interest in more proactive management of the region's public lands. "The public provided important input in shaping the final plan," commented Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas. He added, "We hope this new area will provide valuable recreation opportunities for visitors and nearby residents alike."

The Goldfield Recreation Area is not only about leisure. The plan also underscores a commitment to better public land management, reduction of resource damage, and improved access to adjacent trails.

For those interested in diving deeper into the environmental considerations, the final environmental assessment and the finding of no significant impact are publicly accessible on the BLM National NEPA Register.

The BLM's involvement in the project underlines its broader mission. The agency manages over 245 million acres of public land, mostly in the 12 western states, including Alaska. This management is executed on behalf of the American populace. Additionally, the BLM is responsible for administering 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate across the nation. At the core of its mission, the BLM strives to maintain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands, ensuring they can be enjoyed by both current and future generations.

For more information or to check out the new recreation area, residents and visitors can visit the BLM's official website or make their way to the Goldfield Recreation Area on State Route 88.

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