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A date has been set for May 18th at 9 a.m. to go on a tour of the Mo’s Valley and “Toniquent Heights” area. Please come and participate in this event. If you can not physically come then we will be sending out a petition for everyone to sign to show we have your support. S.I.T.L.A. offices contacted me today and would like to have an open house after the tour for every one to come and see their plans for the development and give their input.The City Council Meeting on Thursday approved a zone change for an area west of Toniquent. The development is called “Toniquent Heights”. The following is an article about that meeting.http://www.thespectrum.comSo far we have over 250 people that have jumped on board to help make sure our recreational areas are protected. If you have friends or family that use this area that have not been contacted, please forward this information to them.
On May 3rd 2006 the Southern Utah Climbers Coalition organized the first of many meetings to bring attention to the planning and development of land located west of St. George known to many of the climbing community as “Mo’s Valley” and “The Zen Wall”. Over 45 sport and trad routes have been developed along the Zen wall with over 100 feet of vertical exposure overlooking the West Desert. Mo’s Valley is covered with unique sandstone boulders where many climbers have spent months tackling the multiple routes. Over 1000 acres of pristine hiking, biking and climbing areas have been used by numerous organizations in St. George including the Dixie Desert Racers, the Hiking Club, and the Southern Utah Climbers Coalition. The Green Valley Spa, Red Mountain Spa, and the Body Shop Spa bring hundreds of clients to this area each year making money doing guided hikes and climbs. Local residents enjoy the numerous bike trails along with the photogenic and beautiful natural environment the area provides. The area is located with in the St. George City limits making it a short distance from many residents’ homes. It is truly a unique open space recreational gem that should be preserved.The meeting on May 3rd 2006 involved representatives from the BLM, St. George City Recreation planning department, Southern Utah Climbers Coalition, local businesses and resorts, and two members from the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (S.I.T.L.A.). The City and BLM representatives expressed a common desire to include the area in an overall open space land management plan. S.I.T.L.A. expressed the same interest, making it clear however, the primary purpose of S.I.T.L.A. is to raise funds for the various State Organizations by auctioning off land to the highest bidder. St. George City is currently the 5th fasted growing City in the Nation creating a jack pot for State Land Sales over the last couple of years. S.I.T.L.A. has already made tentative plans to develop parts of this area into one acre parcels for multi-million dollar houses with auctions as close as a year away. This is the beginning of many discussions that will take place over the next year involving the planning of this area. For all those who have an interest in the area, now is the time to get involved. Senator Bennett for the State of Utah has proposed a master land use plan for the Washington County Area. The Southern Utah Climbers Coalition plans on working hand in hand with Bennett’s planning process. For more information about future meetings and plans, or to get your email on the mailing list, please email Jamie Carpenter at email@example.com. Thank you for your support Jamie Carpenter Southern Utah Climbers Coalition