Keep Red Cliffs Roadless Campaign

Keep Red Cliffs Roadless is a public awareness campaign focused on reminding decision-makers about the importance of the Red Cliffs NCA and the irreparable damage the Northern Corridor Highway would cause to it.

The Northern Corridor Highway was given the green light in the final days of the Trump administration despite major legal issues and broad public calls against the project. Now, we must overturn this decision as we have done time and time again over the past 26 years since the project began seeking federal approval.

Conserve Southwest Utah, along with the seventeen other members of the Red Cliffs Coalition, began this round by filing a lawsuit to ensure the Northern Corridor Highway will never be built. With the Biden administration’s commitment to protecting America’s public lands and their familiarity with the Northern Corridor Highway’s legal issues, we see a new opportunity to engage decision-makers to ensure Red Cliffs remains protected from development.

With your continued support, we can stop the Northern Corridor Highway once and for all.

Take action: 

Tell the Department of the Interior and the BLM to rescind the approval of the Northern Corridor Highway. Send your message here, on the Center for Biodiversity’s website, one of our partners in the Red Cliffs Coalition. This should take no more than five minutes.

As always, stay vigilant about any signs of construction in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA). Please call us immediately if you see large excavating equipment collecting near the Red Cliffs NCA. 513-817-1128. We must all keep our eyes open to prevent proponents from moving ahead.

 


 

The Movement to Save Red Cliffs

Thank you for participating in the environmental review process for the Northern Corridor Highway last year and for helping to raise awareness about this precedent-setting project! Below is a timeline review of the last 18 months, including notable accomplishments in the movement to protect the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) in 2020:

      • Jan 2020 – 20,000 public comments received during scoping for the Northern Corridor Highway (NCH).
      • Apr – COVID-19 devastates communities, preventing gatherings and limiting ability to participate in public processes like NEPA for the NCH.
      • Jul – Human-caused wildfires burn 25% of the Red Cliffs NCA. BLM ignores CSU’s request for a supplemental Draft EIS and pause to the environmental review until fire impacts are studied and understood.
      • Jul – Rep. Stewart introduces H.R. 7815 to override public comment and force the highway.
      • Sep – 15,400 public comments received on the draft EIS in favor of transportation alternatives that reduce congestion and preserve the Red Cliffs NCA.
      • Sep – U.S. House Natural Resources Committee requests that NCH review be paused until unethical, illegal issues are resolved, including attempted routing of the highway through lands purchased with Land and Water Conservation Fund for permanent conservation.
      • Nov- BLM released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Northern Corridor Highway, indicating their preference for UDOT’s Alternative 3 through the Red Cliffs NCA, and triggering a 30-day protest period.
      • Jan 2021 – BLM issued a Record of Decision on the Northern Corridor Highway, granting UDOT a right-of-way to build the highway in the heart of the Red Cliffs NCA.
      • June – CSU, through our non-profit legal team at Advocates for the West, filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Interior (DOI) to reverse the approval of the NCH in the closing days of the Trump Administration. Co-plaintiffs with us are our fellow Red Cliffs Coalition non-profit organizations: Conservation Lands Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Wilderness Society and WildEarth Guardians.

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