BLM says 'no' again to prospecting near Donner Party's trail

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    June 9, 2014 7:50 p.m.

    Having been to the Pilot Valley playa several times, Will Bagley's observation and admonition are spot on. That landscape is both remarkable and extraordinarily fragile.

    Think about it - you can still see the wheel ruts where the Donner Party came through in 1846. Just about ANY mining activity on the playa will probably still be quite visible 170 years from now. This land heals very slowly. We're not talking about a rain forest.

    As for "photobeauty"'s from Blanding's emphasis on economic development, this is probably due to wanting to shift attention away from and possibly soothe the guilt regarding widespread looting of Anasazi remains that Blandingites seem to think is their birthright.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    There are some people that think everything should be dug up, that nothing can be left as it was.

  • photobeauty Blanding, UT
    June 8, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    The excuses used to deny this opportunity for ecomonic development seem very flimsy. There are people who seem to believe that everything should remain as it is (or was) without giving any thought to what the current civilization needs.