Solves the dust problem.
This does nothing to solve the problems of the trucks barreling down the roads,
kicking up dust, and bothering visitors who are out with their families trying
to enjoy nature and history.
So far the "dust control measures" consist of magnesium chloride, which gets
kicked up along with the dust, coats the petroglyphs, and erodes them even
faster. No one has solved the problem of making a dirt road not dirty, and no
one wants to pay the zillion dollars to pave and maintain Nine Mile.
It is logical to expect that if using the canyon for access might damage the
glyphs, pay for the problem you created.Exploration activity did not
create a demand for trails and kiosks and inventories.If such a
demand exists it should be paid for by those who created the demand. If you
build those things through user fees like they do with those who create demand
to visit Timpanogos Cave, that is fine. If too few people are interested to make
that feasible perhaps it should not be done. In life-threatening situations we
accept funding things like search and rescue operations through general taxation
without expecting the beneficiaries to shoulder the cost.It is not
logical to expect the exploration company to satisfy the demand created by art
lovers to build them an art museum. This is nothing short of extortion and
theft. If you want an art museum and want someone else to pay for it, tax
everyone and make the politicians accountable to their constituents for the
wisdom of their actions. But don’t target specific individuals or
businesses to pay for your greed.
Finally a little common sense when it comes to energy.
I say pave the road and make the canyon a national park.
Go for it, get some of the $$$ Obama is giving away to help with the job force.
Im sure that Carbon County could use the money and the work that it would
Chip the things off and sell them to the highest bidders and then open the area
to oil and mineral exploration so the State can benefit.
Dynamite that grafitti out of the way, Turn that desolate wasteland into a
honecomb, and reap the benefits of food on your table. Give our posterity
our own hyroglyphics to remember us by.
Davis, it's comments like yours that keep preservationists motivated - thank
I drove the canyon once, and it took an entire day. It's not worth it. The way to preserve something is make it valuable to all. Paving the
road would make it an asset to oil exploration, the artwork, and most
importantly, the public.
I remember going to nine mile canyon when I was a young scout. It was one of the
neatest places I've been. Is it really possible to allow drilling without ever
destroying the natural beauty of the canyon?