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SUWA Wants Emergency Closure of Off-road Trails

SUWA Wants Emergency Closure of Off-road Trails

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An environmental group is formally petitioning the Bureau of Land Management to close off-road vehicle trails in the Vermilion Cliffs area.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says the trails threaten archaeological resources and critical habitat for native wildlife.

The group delivered the petition the B-L-M office in Kanab a week ago.

The B-L-M acknowledges that the region has been a free-for-all of sorts for recreation enthusiasts, but says that'll be addressed as they develop a new land use plan.

That hasn't happened since 1978.

In the meantime, the B-L-M is evaluating trails in the area, and plans to announce an "emergency order" to designate specific routes for off-road vehicle use.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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