SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Park Service has approved a management plan for the Virgin River and its tributaries in Zion National Park in southern Utah.
The formal adoption of the Virgin River Comprehensive Management Plan on Thursday follows the 2009 designation by Congress of 169 miles of the Virgin River and its tributaries in and around the park as "wild and scenic waterways."
Park spokeswoman Kezia Nielsen says the purpose of the plan is to protect the Zion's 144 miles of waterways so visitors can continue to enjoy them in the future.
The plan embraces new strategies and practices to ensure the waterways maintain their wild and scenic status, including increasing the presence of park rangers in the popular Narrows.
Zach Frankel of the Utah Rivers Council praises the new plan.