Southwest Utah's unique desert tortoises have declined precipitously because of development in recent decades. That's why in 1996 the Red Cliffs Preserve was established as part of the Washington County Habitat Conservation Plan -- to set aside 61,000 acres of habitat for imperiled species like desert tortoises; create space for activities like hiking and horseback riding; and protect stunning red-rock views.
In 2009, however, a large chunk of that protected area was carved out by legislative fiat and handed over to developers -- and now Congress wants to ram a four-lane highway right through the heart of the remaining 44,000-acre preserve.
We can't let this happen. The Bureau of Land Management recently proposed a plan for Red Cliffs NCA with the preferred management being no new roads, highways or transmission lines. Congress should not be legislating public land management and cutting us out of the process.
November 14, 2015 Action Alert ID# 298
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