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DaJudge
June 22nd, 2004, 12:37 PM
Jeep ride in canyon may lead to court

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jun/06182004/utah/176525.asp

Jeep ride in canyon may lead to court

By Brent Israelsen
The Salt Lake Tribune

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has completed an investigation into
an unauthorized Jeep ride during the weekend of April 30 in Arch Canyon in
southeastern Utah.
A top BLM law-enforcement official in Washington said BLM rangers are
now discussing the matter with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah.
"We're serious about this," said Keith Aller, the BLM's deputy
director of law enforcement. "We don't like people doing these things
without a permit." Environmentalists are urging that "meaningful fines and
citations" be lodged against the event organizers, which include elected
San Juan County officials and representatives of Jeep Jamboree USA.
Failure to prosecute the case "would send a powerful message" that the
BLM does not take violations of its regulations seriously, wrote Southern
Utah Wilderness Alliance attorney Heidi McIntosh in a letter delivered
Thursday to the BLM.
San Juan County Commissioner Lynn Stevens, who helped lead the Jeep
enthusiasts up Arch Canyon during the event, told The Salt Lake Tribune
this week that no permit was necessary because the route in the canyon is owned by the county.
Stevens maintains that the Arch Canyon route qualifies as a "highway"
under an 1866 law known as RS 2477, which granted broad rights-of-way
across federal land.
However, the BLM does not recognize Arch Canyon as a valid RS 2477
road and has required Jeep Jamboree USA to get a permit for its organized
event, which annually attracts dozens of participants.
This year, the BLM denied the permit request from Jeep Jamboree,
saying more environmental studies were needed because of the presence of an endangered species.
San Juan County, which is seeking to cash in on the popularity of
off-highway vehicles, then offered to play host to the event under the
theory that the BLM cannot control access in the canyon. County Sheriff
Mike Lacy led about 30 Jeeps up the canyon and back.
According to SUWA, which posted several activists in Arch Canyon, each
Jeep crossed the stream 118 times.
The crossings caused streambank erosion, increased sediment in the
water and crushed streamside vegetation, McIntosh said.
Utah BLM spokesman Don Banks said he expects the U.S. Attorney's
Office will decide whether to take action on the Arch Canyon incident
within the next two weeks.

Big Dave
June 23rd, 2004, 04:13 AM
Originally posted by kwyjibo:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />According to SUWA, which posted several activists in Arch Canyon, each
Jeep crossed the stream 118 times.What? 118? </font>[/QUOTE]I think they erred against us on that one. I could see a TOTAL of 118, but there's no way in hell each rig crossed it 118 times.

jet
June 23rd, 2004, 04:45 AM
Typical Utah government, anything for $$$

kwyjibo
June 23rd, 2004, 07:41 AM
According to SUWA, which posted several activists in Arch Canyon, each
Jeep crossed the stream 118 times.What? 118?

SSII
June 23rd, 2004, 03:46 PM
Well, its about time someone out there has decided to be proactive about trail use instead of getting trail use spoon fed to them. graemlins/thumbsup.gif
"The crossings caused streambank erosion, increased sediment in the
water and crushed streamside vegetation, McIntosh said". :rolleyes:

SO HOW MANY SILENT SCREAMERS DID YOU KILL TODAY MS. MCINTOSH!!! :mad: