Protect Utah’s Steep Mountain from Mining Interests

Target: Salt Lake City Mayor Ben McAdams.

Goal: To protect Steep Mountain from damage via mining operations.

One of the most iconic geographical features of Salt Lake County goes by several names including Steep Mountain, South Mountain, and The Point of the Mountain. This area serves as a gateway skyline between Salt Lake and Utah Counties and has come to be a highly popular location for outdoor enthusiasts. These enthusiasts range from hikers and mountain bikers to hang glider and para-glider pilots.

Historically, local communities have thrived while being able to coexist with the company Geneva Rock Products, who have owned and operated on a significantly large portion of land at the western end of Steep Mountain. This company has historically worked with surrounding communities which makes their change of policy extremely disappointing.

Recently, Geneva Rock began mining operations on the skyline portion of Steep Mountain. While this work has thus far been limited to the western end of the ridge, the company has sought and secured permits that would allow it to move further east towards the summit. This advancement would have an immediate impact upon both the skyline and Flight Park which is located directly below the summit.

This land that Geneva Rock is seeking to destroy was set aside several years ago by the county to serve as designated park space to help preserve a flying site that attracts pilots from around the world each year. The value of this land led to the county creating a park that both pilots and non-pilots could use and appreciate for years to come. This land must be preserved for that purpose, and remain unmarred by the destructive efforts of Geneva Rock. Protect Steep Mountain and prevent this vital and vibrant land from being destroyed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor McAdams,

One of Salt Lake County’s most iconic geographical features is known by several different nomenclatures. These names include Steep Mountain, South Mountain, and the point of the mountain. This area serves as a gateway skyline between Salt Lake and Utah Counties and has come to be a highly regarded destination for outdoor enthusiasts. These enthusiasts range from hikers and mountain bikers to hang glider and paraglider pilots.

Local communities have historically been able to successfully coexist with the company Geneva Rock. This company has operated upon a significantly large portion of land at the western end of Steep Mountain. To date Geneva Rock has worked with surrounding communities to foster a cooperative relationship; this makes their change of policy extremely disappointing.

Geneva Rock has recently set itself upon mining operations on the skyline portion of Steep Mountain. While the work has been limited to the western end of the ridge, this has not prevented Geneva Rock from seeking to secure permits that would allow the company to move further east towards the summit. This advancement would have an immediate impact upon both the skyline and the aptly named Flight Park which is located directly below the summit.

The land Geneva Rock now seeks to destroy was set aside several years ago by the county to serve as designated park space to help preserve a flying site that attracts pilots from around the world each year. The county set about protecting this land to create a park that both pilots and non-pilots alike could use and appreciate for years to come. This goal must be upheld, and the only way for that to happen is for the land around Steep Mountain’s summit to remain unmarred by the destructive efforts of Geneva Rock. Protect Steep Mountain and prevent this vital and vibrant land from being destroyed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Bryant via Flickr

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