“The greatest of all historical shams is believing you cannot do something you can.” – Mischeif Brew.
We can beat this. It’s going take some work and we all need to be involved, but we can beat it. Below you will see a to do list. It’s not a pick and choose your adventure, it’s a list of things you should be doing. Start at the top and work your way through. We will beat this, we just have to act and the time is now!
- Sign and share the SAVE PIONEER PARK Petition! Make it a goal to get at least ten of your friends and family to sign and share it as well.
2. The BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) want your feedback on the Northern Corridor Draft EIS and proposed Washington County HCP during this 90-day public comment period ending on September 10, 2020!
Go to Conserve Southwest Utah’s web page on “Commenting Guidance” for the Northern Corridor Highway (NCH) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Here, they have instructions and tips on how to write an effective comment in as “little as 15 minutes!” They also have broken down the DEIS into 9 ‘commenting issues’ that you can use in your own writing.
WHERE AND HOW TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS:
Click here to go straight to the BLM comment page.
Send your comments to via Email: BLM_UT_NorthernCorridor@blm.gov or
Mail: Bureau of Land Management Attn: Northern Corridor 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790
Here are some additional guidelines when writing your comment:
- Include your name and street address (your comment, including your name could be made publicly available)
- Reference a specific page or section of the Draft EIS or the Draft Amended HCP on transportation alternatives that don’t pave over our beautiful desert.
- List your own ideas and thoughts on smarter transportation alternatives for Washington County that are not within the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve (RCDR) and National Conservation Area (NCA)
- State reasons why Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and surrounding areas, like Pioneer Park are important to you. How do you use these areas? Why are these spaces important to the health and livelihood of our community?
- Point out the negative impacts of building a four-lane highway through RCDR and NCA: litter, light pollution, noise pollution, the loss and destruction of critical habitat and the threatened species that live there, like the Mojave desert tortoise and Gila monster.
*To go more in depth, read & review the Northern Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Amended Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) by clicking here. After reading the Project Summary, click on documents and read DEIS Vol 1-3 & Draft Amended HCP. In the EIS, make sure to read Ch. 2 Proposed Action & Alternatives and so that when you write your comment you can refer to this specific section to encourage the BLM to choose a smarter transportation alternative.
3. Learn more about the issue and how our local environmental advocacy group, Conserve Southwest Utah, is saying “No Way to a Highway” and “Save Your Red Cliffs,” by visiting their website. Here, you can sign up to be on their email alerts and sign a petition against the Northern Corridor if you’re a resident of the Green Springs, Brio, Warm Springs, and Middleton communities.
5. Spread the word! Tell others about the proposed Northern Corridor and how they can get involved in the 90-day public comment period that ends on September 10, 2020.
7. Add your name to the Conservation Lands petition here.
8. Get involved in the weekly Saturday hiking event, Hike to Save Red Cliffs, to learn more about devastating effects that the NCH will have on the land and our community!
*Meet at the Pioneer Hills Trailhead at 7:30 a.m. each Saturday until September 5th (however, on Aug. 29, we will meet at Pioneer Park for the “Celebrate Pioneer Park” event @ 7:00 am).
9. Attend and/or volunteer at the “Celebrate Pioneer Park” event at Pioneer Park. Meet at 7:00 am. All recreational activities start at 7:30 am.