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It will NOT be helpful to simply address your love for the canyon.  It will be helpful if you address the issues important in deciding whether or not a Conditional Use Permit is granted to the mining operation.

See Standards to Evaluate Conditional Use Permit Applications here: conditionalusepermits

GENERAL PUBLIC WELFARE ISSUES:

  • Rock Canyon constitutes a natural treasure for our community which could not be reclaimed or restored after mining operation. Its loss would definitely impact the welfare of our citizens.
  • The quarry would sacrifice a well-established public recreation area Describe your personal usage or ways you know this canyon is utilized by others. for our community, utilized by hikers, climbers, bikers, public schools, university classes, scout troops, special interest groups, etc.
  • Noise pollution would seriously compromise recreation in the surrounding areas, including the two parks located next to the proposed quarry. Pavilions, play equipment, summer and winter sports at these parks would be negatively impacted.

SAFETY ISSUES:

  • The probability, not possibility of loose rock falling onto the trails and general public usage area. (Unintentionally, large rock slabs came down when this area was excavated in 2006.)
  • The serious potential for harm, loss, or injury with excavation equipment operating adjacent to broadly-used public recreation area.
  • Heavy trucks and walking public would have to share the same easement, creating significant risk for the public.

HEALTH ISSUES:

  • The effects of dust particles from the mining operation affecting respirations of local residents and users of the public park and trails.
  • Threat of contaminating Provo City water supply from canyon.
  • Potential of polluting stream bed adjacent to mining area.

FINAL ISSUE TO ADDRESS: The mining operation is claiming that the asphalt road leading up to the canyon is NOT the hiking trail.  Please let officials know that this road IS used by foot traffic.

You may post your letters in the comment section BELOW.  They may generate new ideas.  Thank you.

9 Responses to “Issues to Address – Letters to Brent Wilde”


  1. 1 Elayne Clark April 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    To: Brent Wilde PO Box 1849, Provo Ut 84603-1849
    I am very disturbed by the prospect that mining would take place in Rock Canyon. We must not allow this to happen to one of the most cherished natural recreational places in the valley.

    Thousands of people use Rock Canyon for hiking, climbing, theraputic outdoor experiences, observing wild flowers and identifying birds that inhabit the canyon. It is a place of peace and tranquility and to begin a mining operation there would destroy all the benefits and beauty of an area much loved by everyone who uses it.

    Rock Canyon is close to residential areas and parks; the noise of a mining operation, the dust and particulates in the air we breath would be harmful to everyone’s well being and health. Mining this area would contaminate the water supply that comes from the canyon and create a hazard from loose and falling rocks making it unsafe for people to use the hiking trails.

    Rock Canyon is not a place that can be destroyed and regained following mining. It would be lost forever and it would be a great loss to Provo City and the many people who use it every day, summer and winter. The harm this would cause could never be corrected.

    Please do not let this happen. Please protect Rock Canyon from this threat.

  2. 2 Heidi Casale April 20, 2009 at 4:52 am

    My family has been walking and hiking up Rock Canyon via the paved trail and past there using the dirt trail for years now. We have so many fond memories and thought we’d have more to come in the years to come. We are so very disappointed to hear of the plans to mine in the area. Please take into consideration the many people who use Rock Canyon as their getaway place for recreation and an escape from the world before you make any final decisions.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please represent “the people” on this very dear issue.

    Yours Truly,

    Heidi casale

  3. 3 Wes Murray April 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Hello:

    This is another repulsive case of gross wholesale exploitation of our communities’ invaluable natural resources for the purpose of a few individuals making a couple of quick bucks. Cash and calories – that’s all anything is good for these days. Somebody makes a pile of money by trashing our land, and everybody else gets the honor of looking at a big hole in the ground.

    The idea that a monetary value can even be assigned to a piece of land this beautiful is ludicrous! What about the loss of value to all of the homes in the area when mining takes over? What about the intrinsic value of the scenery even when driving through town on the freeway? A small number stand to profit, and an entire community and more is forever impoverished! It took eons of time to create, and some self-important narcissist feels like he needs to tear it down and sell it off for a pile of money that will probably only serve to further corrupt himself and his family. What a guy!!

    The idea of doing something this grotesque in nature strikes of mental illness! Has anybody called this guy’s mental fitness into question?

    Its just sad that certain individuals have become so obsessed with the accumulation of power and money that they’ll rationalize destroying something this amazing just to fuel their own lusts. Its just sad that all life is now is a race to screw over everyone and everything just to rack up a bunch of numbers and a pile of paper.

    I enjoy being in Rock Canyon when I have to opportunity to travel through the area. The hiking and climbing are amazing!! The view of the canyon, even from the freeway, is inspiring! Allowing this mining operation to move forward would be a gross travesty!

    Sincerely,

    Wes Murray

  4. 4 Richard April 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I have taken my children hiking to Rock Canyon and have used the asphalt roads to get there. The asphalt road is DEFINITELY the major pedestrian access route to the recreational facilities of the canyon. A quarry would certainly compromise the recreational value of Rock Canyon.

  5. 5 Margaret Bringhurst May 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Surely this is not necessary. We risk loosing too much by altering our beautiful
    Rock Canyon. There is something so nurturing and healing about walking through Rock Canyon, even if it is a short walk. It’s like taking music out of schools. Natures music keeps us soft.
    The real plus for me is the nearness of Rock Canyon. I completely loved going to Rock Canyon with my UVSU botoney class. It was so convenient that we could do it during regular class time.
    We recently helped clean up the road leading to the trails for an Eagle Scout project.
    As a senior citizen I would be horrified to be sharing the road with trucks. That would not be safe for me or anyone else.
    More importantly , what about the possibility of polluting the air and water shed with dust. Please do not let this

    Margaret Bringhurst

  6. 6 Paige Nuffer May 20, 2009 at 4:47 am

    If the beautiful landscape and sentimental value of the canyon is not an issue to those requesting the quarry, perhaps money would make more sense as an argument.

    The neighborhoods in the area should be a top consideration. This mining operation will lower property value (don’t need any more help with that). There will be long-term costs for road repair – close to the canyon, the neighborhoods, and all roads used to haul the heavy rocks. And, damage from truck debris will add up quickly.

    There will be a huge noise factor – also lowering property value. Safety and claims for damages and potential injuries will also be costly.

    Has anyone contacted the LDS church about voicing a concern about bothersome traffic and noise around the LDS temple? This particular area of Provo is used by many people who worship both inside and outside in many ways.

  7. 7 Whitney Booth May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I am not a native of Provo or Utah but being from Western North Carolina I have a deep appreciation for natural beauty and especially Mountains. I am always in awe when I see the mountains in Utah and have enjoyed spending time exploring them. Rock canyon is no exception. It is a national treasure and maybe more importantly a treasure to those who vacate this area. I never see tourist advertisements for Utah proclaiming their exceptionally advanced mining equipment but I see commercials portraying the beautiful rocky landscapes of Utah. It is within these rocky terrains that people who live in and visit Utah enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors! Rock Canyon falls under this category as many people go there to rock climb, bike ride, or merely enjoy the sounds of “ “ rushing waters as they walk. Rock Canyon is a gathering place for friends and families, the basis of our community. One day as I ventured up into Rock Canyon I saw a boy scout troop exploring and learning about the historical canyon. It is possible that many of you reading this have sons or grandsons who also partake in boy scouting activities that take them out into nature to fulfill a merit badge of some sort. Some day if this Canyon is not preserved they may no longer have the opportunity to explore a beautiful place like Rock Canyon, denying them a possible eagle award. Even those who do not venture out into Rock Canyon may be affected by the mining done there with the potential hazard of contaminating Provo city water supply. These examples portray the basic principle that one cannot expect to change one thing without affecting others. Of course this way of thought may also be looked at in a positive manner regarding Rock Canyon. You have the opportunity to preserve something beautiful, continue a legacy, and allow people to continue to enjoy all of the recreational activities available to them in the canyon.
    In my own life I have seen the affects of positive action. In deciding to be more health conscious, environmentally friendly and helping lessen the parking burden on Provo I have enjoyed riding my bike all over the city. It was this decisions that led me to find out about critical mass bike riding up to the canyon, which then led me to find out about the opportunity to help be a part of preserving the canyon. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and rekindle ideals that are still important; sacrifice over greed, beauty over destruction, health over idleness and the list could go on. In other words you have the power to make an impact on what is your community. The choice is yours whether or not you want to preserve your own legacy of leadership by preserving this Canyon.

  8. 8 Mrs. Alberta Sevy May 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Mr Wilde, This quote: “Rock Canyon constitutes a natural treasure for our community which could not be reclaimed or restored after mining operation. Its loss would definitely impact the welfare of our citizens” is as succinct as can be said.
    I live in “Beautiful British Columbia” and enjoy much natural beauty. Yet, when I come to Provo I head for Rock Canyon! The serenity, the varieties, the healing qualities, even the affect I see the surroundings to have on the people I meet there are profound.
    I’ve read the other letters on this page and the key words in each one of them jump out: “sacrifice”, “noise”, “loose rocks” “heavy equipment”, “around the corner from residences”, “truck traffic through residential area” . Each point is so important but the most important of all is: Rock Canyon is a sanctuary that must not be destroyed!!
    One writer wrote: “Please represent “the people” on this very dear issue” and “dear” is what the canyon is and has been to thousands of people for so many years.

    Please, Mr Wilde, prevent this tragedy.

    Thank you

    Mrs. Alberta Sevy

  9. 9 Kari McMurtrey July 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Mr. Wilde,
    My husband & I moved to the area from Seattle one year ago. One of the first places we went to was Rock Canyon for hiking. We saw it from the freeway & found our way over there; its uniqueness drew us to it. Since that first time hiking there last summer, we have returned numerous times. We take out-of-state visitors there to show then our local natural treasure.

    I cannot imagine not having this beautiful canyon available to experience and use. It simply would be atrocious to have this amazing piece of geology destroyed by a mine. Should the mine be put in, the probably safety (loose falling rock on trails, trucks on walking paths, etc) and health issues (dust particles/air pollution, contaminated water supply, noise pollution, etc) caused by the mine would be impacting to the local citizens as well as those of us who would still try to use the park.

    It is appalling to me that in today’s world that this could even be a possibility that such a wonderful place could be destroyed and turned into a mine.

    Sincerely,
    Kari McMurtrey


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