TCS- The roads that founded the west, RS2477 Rights of Way

December 14, 2014
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Last month I had the opportunity to get out on the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument and travel 90 miles of roads to a number of points of interest. That trip wouldn't have been possible without the use of the existing roads in the area. The routes we took were special because they are part of Kane County's and the State of Utah's lawsuit asserting that these roads are public rights-of-way under Revised Statute 2477 or RS2477

While some of you may be unfamiliar with the term RS2477, it is important to understand what these roads mean for access on public lands, particularly in a county like Kane which is approx. 90% federal land. These roads are the access to natural resources that are important for energy, livestock grazing, timber harvest, recreation and many other uses on the public lands.
For those of you who are familiar with this battle to preserve access you may be aware of the recent decision from the 10th Circuit Court last week
http://publiclands.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Kane-County-Utah-v-US-10th-Cir.-2014.pdf

If you are unfamiliar with the lawsuit you may want to watch our coverage on the Bald Knoll case from about 18 months ago.Bald Knoll RS2477 Decision
http://youtu.be/hTZKKAGOmlE?t=1m21s

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