The WRONG Way to Treat Indian Creek Near Canyonlands’ Needles District
Indian Creek, in southeastern Utah, known for its dramatic cliffs and quiet beauty, is once again threatened with a right-of-way (ROW) to construct a new and unnecessary ATV trail.
Broads have been ongoing advocates for limiting the effects of motorized use on our wild lands in southern Utah. We’ve walked proposed routes in Indian Creek to gather data, monitor conditions, and submit comments opposing new routes.
Here We Go Again
A new iteration of an Indian Creek ATV ROW route is open for input. We’re sending our comments to BLM and hope you will also raise your voice to prevent any new ATV route from being punched through this area.
Please tell the BLM (again):
- Increasing ATV use on yet another route that crosses lands identified by the BLM as having wilderness character is wrong and the agency should uphold its responsibility to all public land users by choosing the “No Action” alternative.
- This landscape does not need another motorized route cut across it. BLM has already designated more than 3,000 miles of motorized routes in San Juan County including dozens of routes in and near the Indian Creek Area.
- This proposed route will encourage increased ATV use in areas bordering the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and will impact the natural quiet.
A Bad Record
San Juan County Commissioners have not shown themselves to be trustworthy when it comes to following existing laws and regulations regarding ATV use in sensitive areas. (Remember the Recapture Canyon protest ride in May–this is another route where San Juan County is requesting an ATV ROW.)
Sadly, many ATV users continue to disregard route designations and closures, causing damage to sensitive desert, riparian, and cultural resources. Adding another route is a bad idea.
What’s one more?
Motorized routes and roads:
- Fragment wildlife habitat and movement corridors
- Cause erosion, damage watersheds, and create dust
- Destroy cultural sites and plants
- Increase impacts to wild areas
Thank you for your Broad Support!