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Lee's Canyon Road Temporarily Closed to Motorized Use
The BLM Salt Lake Field Office (SLFO) is temporarily closing the Lee’s Canyon Road to protect crucial raptor nesting habitat. The temporary closure will remain in effect from April 5 through July 15, 2013.
In 2011, a pair of raptors attempted to nest in Lee’s Canyon, but abandoned the nest. In 2012, the SLFO placed gates on each side of the canyon and temporarily restricted access through the canyon. As a result, the nest was successful, and the pair fledged one young. The birds have already returned this year to the same site, and the SLFO is working toward protecting their nesting habitat.
“The temporary closure is necessary to protect crucial raptor nesting habitat that is on the route through Lee’s Canyon,” said SLFO Manager Bradley Washa. “The protection of these magnificent creatures is not only required by law, it is also a benefit to all of us.”
Locked gates will be installed on both the east and west sides of Lee's Canyon. The gates will be positioned in locations to allow motorized vehicles to turn around. Signs will also be installed to inform motorists that the road is seasonally closed for wildlife protection, and travel through the canyon is not possible. Hasting's Pass Road, south of Lee's Canyon, remains open and offers the public the same ability to travel across the Cedar Mountains.
The public is reminded that vehicles must remain on designated routes. Anyone violating the closure may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both. Violators may also be subject to additional fines.
Lee’s Canyon is located along the Cedar Mountain Wilderness boundary in Tooele County, Utah, and remains open to non-motorized recreation such as hiking and horseback riding. A map of the temporary closure area can be found here.
For additional information contact: Masako Wright (801) 977-4300.