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Northern Hall plans threaten Pink Cliffs Desert Reserve

The Bureau of Land Administration (BLM) launched the Ultimate Environmental Influence Assertion (FEIS) for the Northern Hall Freeway on Nov. 13. The FEIS cements the BLM’s choice for UDOT Various 3 which might journey by way of the Pink Cliffs Nationwide Conservation Space (NCA)/Reserve, together with parts devasted by latest wildfires.

Sarah Thomas is the Land Program director at Conserve Southwest Utah.

The Turkey Farm Highway, Cottonwood Path, and Lava Ridge Fires burned 25% of the Reserve this summer time, displaying us that along with the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, the survival of 1000’s of house owners dwelling subsequent to Pink Cliffs is at stake. When tortoise habitat repeatedly burns, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than close by neighborhoods burn too.

Cautious examine of those fires is critical to grasp the interaction between the proposed Northern Hall Freeway, the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, and the protection of 1000’s of Washington County residents. These fires brought on evacuations in Inexperienced Springs, Harrisburg, Angel Heights and Leeds, price thousands and thousands of {dollars} to extinguish and have been ignited by individuals on roads. When one careless mistake can jeopardize a number of neighborhoods and a whole ecosystem, it’s time to decelerate and assume.

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