SALT LAKE CITY — Foes in a protracted legal battle over disputed roads are hailing a settlement agreement as a first — a step on the path of compromise that could help resolve a contentious legal battle pitting protection of Utah resources against public access.
“We agreed to resolve the dispute,” said Harry Souvall, the public lands section chief in the Utah Attorney General’s Office. “We hope it is the template to resolve issues in other cases, particularly where we have roads that go into sensitive areas.”
The settlement, if signed by a federal judge, opens up for public access three roads near the western border of Juab County, particularly the Granite Canyon road leading to Camp Ethel. Under the agreement, the federal government agreed to remove fallen trees and any other obstacles to the camp, while the state agreed the road shall be kept in a “primitive” state.