Press Release
BLM, USFWS seek public input on Northern Corridor Alternatives in Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed 4-lane Northern Corridor highway in southern Utah.  

This analysis assesses the potential impacts to the Mojave desert tortoise from a proposed Utah Department of Transportation highway right-of-way, in accordance with FWS incidental take permit guidelines, as well as impacts to vegetation communities, sensitive plant species, cultural resources, and community growth. 

“BLM’s mission is to balance responsible land use, environmental conservation, and cultural heritage preservation, and to achieve this balance engaging with the community and stakeholders is paramount,” said BLM Color Country District Manager Gloria Tibbetts. “This public comment period is an opportunity for all voices to be heard and incorporated into our decision-making process.” 

“Active public engagement is essential to achieve a thorough analysis, considering both conservation goals and the developmental needs of Washington County. We value every contribution and encourage public participation,” said FWS Field Office Supervisor George Weekley

Comments may be submitted until June 24, 2024, through the “participate now” feature on the BLM National NEPA Register (preferred); or delivered to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Northern Corridor SEIS, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790. 

The agencies will host one in-person public meeting in St. George, Utah. The date and location will be announced at least 15 days in advance through media announcements and the BLM National NEPA Register

For more details about the National Environmental Policy Act, please visit the BLM Planning and NEPA page or contact the National Conservation Area Manager at 435-688-3200 or

Primary media contact: BLM, Jacqueline Russell |
USFWS, Joe Szuszwalak |