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Opinion in disputed right of way case could take a year

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 2:56 p.m. MDT

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jagged1
Orem, UT

This is Utah Land, The Feds are trying to take and control all land and want us off. We use this land and should have the right to access and use for recreation. The Feds need to concentrate on getting our dollars back up and get jobs for all the unemployed. They can't do this by fighting to restrict our use.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

Preservation, not denegration of our public lands needs to be the new priority. Too many people, even with good intentions, can literally love a place to death. Desert soils and plants are fragile and can't handle a continuous onslaught of vehicles and foot traffic. Then of course, there are the people who don't care about anyone but themselves, leaving garbage and vandalizing features, thereby despoiling the experience for those who follow for years to come.

We don't need to drive everywhere. Just because we have the ability doesn't mean we have the right to trample the planet under pagan wheels. We don't need to go everywhere, to change everything we see and touch. The world is prefect without us. Let's leave some parts of it alone.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Sure looks like a road, it should remain a road. Just because it's two-track and mostly dirt doesn't mean it's not a road.

Conner Johnson

If people could learn to love and respect the earth just a little bit more, life would be good.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

What real harm does a narrow 2-track do? The only things affected are the dirt and plants in the road. That's too small an area to worry about. Show me any valid scientific study that demonstrates real environmental harm caused by this road, and I'll agree to close it.

Most roads are closed by random decisions made by unelected bureaucrats, and that's just unamerican.

Some of us simply cannot backpack. Closing roads on public lands is like removing handicap access to public buildings.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Johnny Triumph said: "Sure looks like a road, it should remain a road.
Just because it's two-track and mostly dirt doesn't mean it's not a road."

I can see where the pioneers wagon wheels lefts indentations, Guess those are roads too?
Hey, look over there I can see where a Jagged1 drove up the side of the mountain 3 years ago because he had a truck that could, and the scar is still there cause water runs down the ruts and makes it bigger every year, stoopid feds think they know better. It's even a multi purpose area as it is sometimes a river.

They're calling it a highway though, bit of a stretch?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

"Most roads are closed by random decisions made by unelected bureaucrats, and that's just unamerican."
Actually most roads are closed when the land is sold or leased or a claim is made and that's just unamerican

Some of us simply cannot backpack.
Closing roads on public lands is like removing handicap access to public buildings.

As the conservative republicans always point out "life's not fair."
Shall we let the blind touch the features in Timpanogos Cave?
Escalator to the bottom of the Grand Canyon?

county mom
Monroe, UT

So who are they protecting the land for? from? And if noone can go there who will see it's beauty? Don't think you can still go there. It is to hot on the summer days to cold at night and in the winter, and to vast to hike. Even for the most healthy and ambitious! These kinds of closures, limit the land to everyone with the exception of government employees, they can use 4wheelers!
If you really want the children to love the land, let them see it touch it and learn to love it. Let them sit in the night and listen to the land. When the children loose there feel for the land they loose their roots.
This is why I hate all these land closures, they make it so families have less and less places to go. Less and less things to see and puts more and more people in the same camping spots. They make it so there are few places to take children where it is not commercialised. Forcing parents to leave their children sitting at home infront of an Xbox.

SAS
Sandy, UT

This isn't a road. It isn't a two-track. It's a length of stream where it's possible to drive a vehicle through the standing water.

Does that mean that the Jordan River is also now a state highway?

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

To those that say that this is denying the public access if there is no road, that is false. It IS accessible. Sure, you have to hike to see it (I have done the hike--it is very doable), but that is the way many things in many national parks are. Should we start putting in roads to every note-worthy spot in national parks to make them more "accessable"? There is a line to be drawn in each instance. In this case, it was determined that the vehicle impact is harming the park. I agree with the decision to keep the road closed.

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