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BLM Tightening Land-use Regulations for Moab District

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new federal land-use plan for the redrock country around Moab would close more than 3,000 miles of rugged trails to off-roaders.

That has angered ATV groups, but conservationists say too much of the land has been taken over by roads and motor trails.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says 98 percent of the land south of Interstate-70 in the BLM's Moab field district is within a mile of a road or motorized trail.

The Bureau of Land Management's draft plan also calls for closing 1.5 million acres of land to unrestricted cross-country travel.

BLM officials say the draft plan is subject to revision after a series of public hearings in late September and early October.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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