Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization

Washington Parkway Study: Integration of East-West Transportation Needs with Conservation Objectives for Desert Tortoise in Washington County, Utah

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Several transportation-related issues exist today on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Furthermore, the capaicity of current roadway networks outside the reserve will not support future traffic demands. The Washington Parkway Study: Integration of East-West Transportation Needs with Conservation Objectives for Desert Tortoise in Washington County, Utah (NWP_Final_Report) illustrates that a context sensitive approach to roadway design and associated management can ameliorate many existing threats, contribute to improving conditions, and provide future management options for the tortoise on the Reserve. The study further recommends a process whereby agencies could work cooperatively to identify a roadway that contributes to the conservation of the tortoise and its habitat while addressing long-term transportation needs.

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