July 21, 2007

Protecting land from ATVs

S. Utes look to build motocross parkThe Southern Ute Indian Tribe is seeking bids for the design and construction of a motocross park with multiple tracks on tribal lands.

The proposed tracks would be located at the Jefferson Gravel Pits, near County Road 321 and Shellhammer Road, about two miles southeast of Ignacio, said Josh Batchelor, parks and recreation manager for the Southern Ute Division of Wildlife.

The tribe has been having problems with children riding all-terrain vehicles on the reservation and destroying tribal lands, she said, and part of the reason for building a new track would be to give children and others a location for such activities.

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