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Old 03-29-2001, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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<FONT COLOR="yellow">I got this from tha off-roaddigest (posted by Brett Davis) this morning. Apparently the SUWA is trying to gather up support for the upcoming meetings... if you are within 100 miles of any of these meetings you need to atttend!!! Moab Austin, I'm sure the local clubs are already aware of this, but could you pass it on to them...</FONT c>

This is what SUWA is telling their members to do, and what they are
saying that we are doing (and they're right, for once):

"For those of you within driving distance, please attend one of the
following "open houses." The off-road vehicle crowd is organizing to
the meetings..."

We'd HATE to dissappoint them, so here are two of the meeting sites:

April 3, 2001 4-9pm
Sheraton Airport Hotel
307 N Admiral Byrd Road
Salt Lake City, Utah

April 23, 2001 4-9pm
Grand County Civic Center
450 E 100 N
Moab, Utah

Please attend if you can!


> Subject: Utah Wilderness Update
> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 19:05:38 -0700
> From:
> To:
> Howdy Redrocks Lovers!
> In this update, you'll find that the only perennial stream in
> Canyonlands
> National Park, besides the Colorado River, needs your voice and your
> letter. If you live in the Intermountain West, especially in Salt
> Lake
> City, please attend an "open house" where you can ask Park Service
> staff
> not to re-open Salt Creek to vehicles. We've also got updates on
> America's
> Redrock Wilderness Act cosponsor drive, dastardly doings in DC, and
> slideshows to attend in Maryland and Rhode Island.
> Canyonlands National Park has scheduled a series of important public
> meetings to discuss various options for the management of Salt Creek,
> which
> has been closed to vehicles since 1998 when the federal District Court
> of
> Utah ruled that they were ruining the fragile stream environment.
> There is
> reason to believe that the Park Service may be willing to re-open this
> ecological jewel to off-road vehicles. Please attend one of the "open
> house" meetings listed below if you can (they are low-key meetings
> where
> members of the public chat individually with Park Service officials).
> This is an important, precedent-setting issue, and the ORV groups are
> organizing to make their stand here. Your participation is really
> important
> if we are to keep this unique area motor-free.
> Comments based on your own personal experiences and expectations about
> appropriate recreation in the Parks are best. In this case, you could
> make
> the following points:
> 1. Years of extensive study and documented observations by Park
> Service
> rangers all point to one conclusion: ORV use in Salt Creek is
> extremely
> harmful to the riparian area. Not a single study showed to the
> contrary.
> Before the court's injunction, park rangers documented water pollution
> from
> engine oils at levels far exceed safe standards; loss of native
> aquatic
> life; areas that had been stripped of native vegetation; and the
> absence of
> native wildlife in areas frequented by the jeeps. That kind of damage
> in
> our National Parks is just not right -- and it violates the Park
> Service
> Organic Act which requires the Park Service to protect the parks.
> 2. ORVers claim that they'll never see Angel Arch at the end of the
> route
> again unless the route is open (unless they walk.) However, it's a
> question
> of balance -- there are countless arches in southern Utah, many of
> which
> can be reached by car without ruining the biological environment
> surrounding them. The Park Service should protect the natural
> resources
> first and foremost.
> 3. There should be pristine places that people can go without seeing
> the
> scars of ORVs, hearing their loud engines, or smelling their exhaust.
> National Parks are some of those places. In Utah, nearly 100,000 miles
> of
> trails exist for use by ORVs on public lands; keeping Salt Creek
> closed is
> a minor issue for ORVers who have so many other places to go.
> For those of you within driving distance, please attend one of the
> following "open houses." The off-road vehicle crowd is organizing to
> fill
> the meetings and we need to make sure the Park Service hears more than
> just
> one side of the issue. For those not within driving distance, please
> write
> your comments and send in via e-mail or letter before May 1, 2001, to
> Canyonlands National Park, Attn: Salt Creek EA, 2282 Southwest
> Resource
> Blvd., Moab, UT 84532, or . The planning process
> is
> now in the scoping phase and the deadline for scoping comments is May
> 1.
> There will be additional opportunities to comment when alternatives
> are
> developed.
> Salt Creek Open House meetings:
> March 29, 2001 4-9pm
> Ramada Inn Denver West
> 7150 West Colfax
> Lakewood, Colorado
> April 2, 2001 4-9pm
> College of Eastern Utah
> Blanding Arts and Events Center
> 790 West 200 South
> Blanding, Utah
> April 3, 2001 4-9pm
> Sheraton Airport Hotel
> 307 N Admiral Byrd Road
> Salt Lake City, Utah
> April 5, 2001 4-9pm
> La Plata County Fairgrounds
> La Plata Room
> 2500 Main
> Durango, Colorado
> April 23, 2001 4-9pm
> Grand County Civic Center
> 450 E 100 N
> Moab, Utah
> April 24, 2001 4-9pm
> San Juan County Courthouse
> County Commission Room
> 117 S Main
> Monticello, Utah
> <snip>

> Folks, the struggle over our wild public lands is really heating up in
> Washington DC. President George W. Bush and his Republican allies in
> Congress want to drill for oil not only in the Arctic National
> Wildlife
> Refuge, but also in our newest National Monuments! In recent days
> President Bush, his Interior Secretary Gale Norton, and Rep. James V.
> Hansen of Utah have all said they want to open up our newest National
> Monuments -- including Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante -- to oil
> drilling
> and coal mining.
> Of course this is sheer folly -- America's got tremendous hydrocarbon
> reserves outside our National Monuments and wilderness lands, and
> naturally
> we should drill these other places first, if indeed we need to drill
> for
> more oil. But Bush and Hansen have turned the world upside down: They
> want
> to drill first in America's most environmentally sensitive, most
> cherished
> landscapes. Their gambit seems to be to attack the holy-of-holies
> right
> off the bat: "If we can drill there, we can drill anywhere!" Right
> now
> they are using California's deregulation fiasco as a scare tactic to
> try
> and open up ALL our public lands to exploitation for the sake of a few
> oil
> companies' profits. The only real energy crisis going on is that the
> Bush
> administration wants to Drill The Wilderness First.
> It's not clear how far they'll get, but we must be prepared to fight
> off a
> real push to open up the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
> to
> coal mining and oil exploration -- even as we defend unprotected
> wilderness
> lands in the Citizens' Proposal from an increase in drilling
> activity. (As
> many of you know, Rep. Hansen has also threatened to pass laws to
> cancel
> all of America's Wilderness Study Areas, to redefine "roads" so that
> rural
> counties can bulldoze wilderness, and other dastardly deeds.) We'll
> let
> you know as more serious threats emerge. For now, you might enjoy
> calling
> President Bush at 202-456-1414 to let him know what you think of
> drilling
> our National Monuments and wilderness!
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