Federal authorities filed charges against five men for their alleged part in an ATV protest ride in Recapture Canyon in May. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, Monte Wells, Shane Marian, Franklin Holliday, and Jay Redd were charged with “operation of off-road vehicles on public lands closed to vehicles” and conspiracy. Read the story in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Broads) deeply regrets the actions of the ATV riders who illegally drove into Recapture Canyon in May and expresses full support for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in enforcing the canyon’s closure from motorized use. “Some places deserve to be protected from impacts of motorized vehicles,” said Shelley Silbert, Broads Executive Director. “We would not allow an ATV to drive in our yards, through our churches, or on our sidewalks. Likewise, this beautiful canyon rich with cultural treasures and sacred to numerous tribal peoples can be enjoyed without damage from motor vehicles.” To read entire press release, click here.