Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is strikingly beautiful with its picturesque lands, narrow canyons and namesake rock formations. These public lands are beloved by locals and visitors alike, and were specifically designated to protect the threatened Mojave desert tortoise.
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are ignoring proposals that would place a new highway OUTSIDE of the National Conservation Area. Instead, the agencies are pursuing plans to build a four-lane highway through the heart of Red Cliffs.
To make matters worse, recent wildfires devastated over 20% of desert tortoise habitat within the Conservation Area. Building a highway and related development through the protected areas of Red Cliffs will only increase the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the future.
The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on the Northern Corridor Highway Draft Environmental Impact Statement until September 10, 2020. Protect Red Cliffs by sending a message to the Bureau of Land Management:
- Tell them a four-lane highway through Red Cliffs is unnecessary and that you support a route OUTSIDE of the Conservation Area.
- A highway will destroy critical habitat for the endangered Mojave desert tortoise and 20 other species.
- It sets a terrible precedent that National Conservation Areas can simply be paved over.
- It will diminish places where people love to hike, bike, climb and horseback ride.
Your voice matters and action is needed now!