Wrong Place For a Highway - Save Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and National Conservation Area
In recent years our town St. George has caught the eye of many for its beauty, and our astounding community that surrounds it.
Because of this, our town has grown, And lots of development has proceeded to sustain the growth of those finding love for our little corner of Southern Utah.
While most of this development is well merited, and beneficial to our town, we still face the threat of harmful, and unnecessary development.
What I'm referring to is the northern corridor, a proposed highway that will cut directly through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and National Conservation Area, destroying multiple points of interest, such as prehistoric petroglyphs and trails, but more importantly, destroying lives.
Many treasured species live on this land, most notably the Mojave Desert Tortoise, an threatened species with very specific biological needs that the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve provides. I fear the Northern Corridor is a trojan horse for future development in Red Cliffs Reserve because it’s routed through and next to lands that are privately owned.
Those who want the road claim it will “decongest exit 10 and exit 8” of i15, and increase traffic efficiency, yet multiple alternatives in studies done by the BLM have been proven to be more effective and less harmful to our land.
Even if this proposed highway does these things, I want you to ask yourself, is human convenience all that matters in Southern Utah?
Because I don't, and I know plenty of the community feels the same way.
Sign the petition, and show you care. What takes a matter of seconds, will help our town for dozens of years in the future.