MORE ORV TRAILS IN SOUTHEASTERN UTAH! Seriously?

 

We sound like a broken record lately, but we’re just the messenger.  The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Monticello field office has announced a proposal to add more off-road vehicle (ORV) routes to the 3,000-plus miles of routes in San Juan County that have already been designated.

Arch Canyon w/sign
The new ORV route is proposed for this area in
Arch Canyon at the US Forest Service boundary,
where ORV use is prohibited.

Please tell the BLM to do its homework first!

This new proposal, which comes on the heels of theBLM’s recent decision to allow four new ORV rights-of-way on Cedar Mesa, would add 10 user-created ORV routes in San Juan County.  This is in addition to the county’s pending right-of-way requests for new ORV routes in Recapture Canyon and Indian Creek.

The new ORV routes are proposed in Arch Canyon, Recapture Canyon, at the base of Wingate Mesa west of White Canyon, near Lake Canyon, and along the San Juan River east of Comb Ridge.  Several of these routes are located in proposed wilderness areas, while others are located in sensitive riparian habitat or in areas known to have dense archaeological sites.

Tell the BLM that it should monitor existing ORV routes in order to document ongoing resource damages and user compliance before considering the addition of more routes! 

Adding these illegally pioneered ORV trails to the BLM’s official travel plan legitimizes unauthorized ORV use and sends the message that BLM will reward the creation of illegal trails by eventually adding the trails to its travel plan.

Please take a moment to tell the Monticello BLM office: Monitor existing routes before adding new routes, and do not designate new ORV routes in proposed wilderness or other ecologically and culturally sensitive areas.

Thank you!

Liz Thomas
Liz
Field Attorney
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance


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