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Consider Farmington Canyon closure proposal
Mar 23, 2017 | 3030 views | 1 1 comments | 362 362 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

Lyndon B. Johnson said, “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” 

Utah, in all of its diverse splendor, has long been a standard of the joys that can come by experiencing nature through the seasons. But many of these majesties are fading as government oversight restricts access. 

I grew up enjoying Farmington Canyon in Davis County throughout the year. The summer was spent hiking and exploring by foot. The fall becomes transcendent with the changing leaves. And the winter and spring bring spectacular snowy vistas that can only be reached by snow machines. 

However, in the last five years, winter access to this canyon has become more and more restricted to the point where now the forest service wants to close the gate at the bottom of the canyon from Nov. 1 – June 15. If this proposal goes through, 7 ½ months of access would be greatly limited. 

But a private citizen has come up with an alternate proposal that would cost the Forest Service nothing as a non-profit entity would take responsibility for clearing the road, posting rules, maintaining canyon parking and even carrying liability insurance.

This proposal will go before the forest service in the coming days and we would urge anyone who shares our desires to protect access to our public lands to join in signing this petition,


Randi von Bose


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