On December 28th 2023, the scoping comment period for the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to Reconsider the Northern Corridor Highway Right-of-Way concluded. The draft SEIS is scheduled to be released in April 2024, which will kick off another public comment period, and it is essential that the conservation community continues to advocate for the protection of Red Cliffs. If you would like to be notified when this next comment period opens, please join Conserve Southwest Utah's email list by going to www.conserveswu.org.
The Northern Corridor Highway is a proposed four-lane highway through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) which is critical Mojave desert tortoise habitat. If constructed, the Northern Corridor Highway would set a dangerous national precedent that would make all protected public lands vulnerable to development.
Since 2006, local residents and concerned citizens across the country have vocalized their opposition to this highway that would bulldoze through critical habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise and damage Red Cliffs NCA, a protected landscape renowned for its scenic views, recreation, and wildlife. In January 2021, in the final days of the Trump Administration, the Department of the Interior approved the highway right-of-way over viable transportation alternatives that meet community needs without impacting protected public lands.
In November 2023, the Bureau of Land Management announced it would reconsider the project and opened a public comment period for the public to weigh in. We need your voice to keep Red Cliffs roadless and protect vulnerable desert tortoises.