Kane County Posting Off-road Route Signs in Wilderness Study Area

Kane County Posting Off-road Route Signs in Wilderness Study Area

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Kane County has begun posting signs designating off-road vehicle routes in a Wilderness Study Area.

The move is just the latest in a long-standing dispute ov er control of local roads. The signs are next some posted by the Bureau of Land Management specifically prohibiting motorized traffic several miles northeast of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

The county is locked into a fight over the R-S 2-4-7-7 statute, a Civil War-era law granting broad rights of way across public land until it was repealed in 1976.

Neither Kane County nor B-L-M officials could be immediately reached for comment, but word of the new sign postings drew a swift response from environmentalists.

They say the county is crossing the line by putting the signs in potential wilderness areas.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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