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YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! Support The Bill To Stop Moab Road Closures

| Rose Winn, Cal4wheel Natural Resources Consultant | Access Issues

 

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!... SUPPORT THE BILL TO STOP MOAB ROAD CLOSURES

 

Please submit a comment to encourage your lawmakers to

support the Historic Roadways Protection Act.

 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced closure of 317 miles of OHV roads near Moab, Utah via finalization of the Labyrinth Rims & Gemini Bridges Travel Management Plan (TMP). Cal4Wheel submitted a letter of opposition to the closure during the public comment period in October 2022. Read the letter here: https://bit.ly/cal4-moab-comments

A portion of the 317 miles of closed routes is comprised of 114 miles of RS2477 rights of way (ROW). Cal4Wheel supports the “Historic Roadways Protection Act” (S. 3148/H.R. 6396) from U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) that would prevent the BLM from using federal funds to close any of the 114 miles of R.S. 2477 ROW roads covered in the TMP, or to finalize and implement the specified TMPs until all legal actions have been resolved (R.S. 2477 roads are protected by Section 701 of the Federal Lands Policy Management Act).

In 2008, the BLM updated Utah’s resource management plans (RMP) and TMPs as required by FLPMA to ensure public lands are being effectively managed. Unhappy with the BLM’s first attempts at updated TMPs, several off-road groups filed lawsuits to challenge the agency’s plans. In 2017, a settlement was reached that required the BLM to revise 13 TMPs. In 2022, the BLM published four TMPs for the greater Moab recreation area. Similarly to Cal4Wheel, SEMA submitted a comment opposing the three proposed scenarios that would limit motorized access. SEMA is now advocating for the Historic Roadways Protection Act, and working with the Off-Road Businesses Association and Ecologic Partners to file an administrative appeal of the BLM’s decision.

Please join in this effort by asking your members of Congress to protect motorized access to the Labyrinth Rims Gemini Bridges area by supporting the Historic Roadways Protection Act.

Use this link to submit a letter to your representatives in Congress today!

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