Mayor says discussions have been going on for months

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FARMINGTON — The city of Farmington is contracting with a Moab, Utah-based nonprofit organization to develop an asset plan that would aid in the creation of off-highway vehicle trails linking area attractions.

Public Land Solutions provides recreation planning and stakeholder coordination for communities interested in growing an outdoor recreation-based economy.

“We’ve been in discussions with them for months now,” Mayor Nate Duckett said during a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Duckett said the discussions have focused on building a world-class, off-road, bucket list-type trails system.

The city will provide $3,000 out of its community transformation and economic development fund for the plan. The fund was created earlier this year after the City Council approved a gross receipts tax increase.

Farmington Outdoor Recreation Industry Initiative Director Cory Styron told the City Council on Tuesday that Public Land Solutions approached ORII about developing a plan for a multi-day trails system that would start in Farmington and connect local attractions.

“Ultimately, the idea would be to have a complete loop that you could hit major destination points in our community,” Styron said.

Styron said those attractions could include arches in the Aztec area, Navajo Lake, Gobernador Canyon, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the Angel Peak Scenic Area.

“Right now, we’re leaning to the OHV market because we feel like that’s something we have a niche in,” he said.

Duckett voiced support for the project during the council meeting.

“Anything we can do to attract more people to this area to utilize the space around us, I think, is a win for our community,” Duckett said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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