GCPBA Adaptive Management Considerations Meeting Follow Up
October 24, 2014
Permits Manager, Steve Sullivan
River District Ranger, Brian Bloom
Wilderness Planner, Linda Jalbert
CC: Superintendent, Dave Uberuaga
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Re: GCPBA Adaptive Management Considerations Meeting, Friday, October 3, 2014
Dear Steve, Brian, and Linda,
Thank you for meeting with us. We appreciate your dedication and the frank and thorough discussion of the Adaptive Management Consideration paper we had previously submitted. The meeting was very productive. I think we learned a lot from each other.
Your prompt implementation of posting up-coming lottery dates on your lottery site (our R-1 recommendation) is being well received. People are able to get a jump-start with their planning. That, along with our new trip passenger exchange list https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/gc_river_trip_planning/info (which we are hoping you will also post on your web site), should help in utilizing some of these last minute trip opportunities. It’s a good example of GCPBA/GCNP collaboration and cooperation to achieve something positive.
It was our impression that you would give further consideration to our discussion item D-5, adding a few small trip launches in March and October. In that vein you were going to send us the TAOTs for the different seasons and/or the criteria used as the guiding principles for river use during those seasons. We look forward to getting this information so that we can further explore this concept with you.
You mentioned you still had concerns about our discussion item D-6, which is closely related to the exceeding of TAOTS (60) in early May and results from the shorter trips over taking the longer ones. If we understood correctly, you felt there were only two options to alleviate this situation. The first was a few shorter trips in April swapped for some longer trips in early September, as previously considered publicly. The second was the elimination of, say 3 late spring trips with the addition of 3 trips in early September. As you know, the trip length swap concept was not well received by a number of boaters. Our initial reaction to the 3 trip swap was that it, too, would probably not be well received by a number of boaters. We did give both alternatives considerable consideration at our board meeting and concluded that neither option would not be well received by some sectors. Neither was less unappealing. We will give it further consideration as, I am sure you will as well. We of course realize that this is an issue where no solution will be without vocal objections.
We liked your “front loading” concept as a method to fill unused trips. Further discussion at our board meeting confirmed that we would support its implementation.
The possibility of allowing someone to appear as a PATL on someone’s application as well as applying for his own permit met with mixed opinions. We could not reach a conclusion on its overall benefit. We will give it further consideration as well.
Again, thank you for working with us. We look forward to hearing from you soon. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or thoughts to share, or if there is some way GCPBA can be of help.