Speak for the Red Cliffs Reserve

Please attend the County's Open House
Wednesday March 28, 5:00 - 7:00 PM,
Dixie Center, Entrada Room 1835 S Convention Center Dr

These lands are the signature vistas of our area, not only providing protection to the fragile habitat but also the feeling of wilderness and recreation opportunities on the doorstep of our city.

But it is again in danger.

Our county government has invited the public to voice their opinion on a proposal to add a disconnected parcel of tortoise habitat to the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in exchange for the Northern Corridor Highway through the prime habitat inside the existing Reserve.  Some details:

  • In 1995,the county agreed to protect these lands in exchange for releasing 300,000 acres for development.  That protection was affirmed in the 2009 Omnibus Lands Bill.  These agreements and laws prioritized habitat protection and disallowed any new roads.
  • Now the county wants to put a highway through it, and is asking the city governments to support it.
  • The county says the highway will be needed to support our economy, that it will do no harm to the habitat and the endangered species on it, and that an exchange of land (“Zone 6” SE of Bloomington) will add more protected land.
  • We say the highway isn’t needed, that sensible alternatives exist, and that the science says this sensitive habitat will be irreparably damaged  by impacts of fire, fencing, traffic, noise, trash and pollution.  We've requested a dialog with the county to discuss the facts but have so far been denied.
  • We support adding this Zone 6 to the protected area and allowing quiet recreation, but there is another highway, the Western Corridor, planned to go through the middle of it, and that will cause the same issues as the Northern Corridor.
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