Utah’s public lands are facing death by a thousand cuts. And now the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) near St. George—home to the densest population of threatened Mojave desert tortoise anywhere on earth—is on the chopping block.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is being pressured by Washington County, Utah, to let the State of Utah build a four-lane highway through the heart of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.
They’re hoping to sneak this proposal through during the holiday season—and they’ve given just 30 days for the public to comment.
If this highway is allowed it will:
● Bisect Red Cliffs NCA east to west with a four-lane highway;
● Irrevocably damage habitat for the already-threatened Mojave desert tortoise and 20 other species of sensitive wildlife; and
● Set a terrible national precedent that National Conservation Areas can be bulldozed and paved.
We can’t let Washington County succeed in creating a major loophole in the Endangered Species Act, letting them go back on a promise made in 1996 to permanently protect Red Cliffs, the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, and quality of life in southern Utah.
Please take action today. Tell the BLM to protect the Mojave desert tortoise and the integrity of Red Cliffs National Conservation Area by rejecting the “Northern Corridor” highway proposal today.
Click here to tell the BLM what you think of their plans to build a highway through Red Cliffs NCA.
Thank you for taking action.