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[RC] Bryce Canyon 5 day - Karen

Actually, having a strip mine south of Panguitch should not affect the 5 day Bryce Canyon ride at all.  What will affect the Bryce ride is if the environmentalists try to expand that entire area into more protected wilderness area. 

SUWA cost us the Outlaw Trail Ride as well as losing some great Mt Carmel loops.  Think about it---- What would a coal mine have to do with stopping a trail ride unless it was right on the trail (and, it's not).  On the other hand, making an area a wilderness area or a National Park or Monument totally kills the opportunity for an AERC ride. 


This proposed coal strip mine is planned for just south of Panguitch, Utah, very close to the site of the Bryce Canyon (Paunsagaunt XP Randy Coleman Memorial) ride. As well as the privately owned area, the BLM is "currently analyzing a proposal by Alton Coal Development to lease a
larger tract of public land immediately adjacent to the just-approved
mine, one that would vastly expand the size of the project."