- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Southern Utah officials are proposing a land swap deal with the federal government in order to build a highway through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.

The Spectrum reports Washington County officials are drafting federal legislation with members of Utah’s congressional delegation to swap land needed for the Washington Parkway.

County Commissioner Dean Cox says the legislation would take out about 150 acres of the reserve near St. George and ease restrictions on utility lines.

Cox says about 7,000 acres of land south of Santa Clara would be added to the 62,000-acre reserve. The legislation would also renew the Habitat Conservation Plan, allowing the county to manage the reserve.

Conservation advocates have opposed the proposal, saying it could harm Mojave desert tortoise and other species on the reserve.

___

Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide