Breaking News About Rock Canyon
The mining conflict
spanning more than a decade
has finally been resolved!
Provo City now owns the iconic cliffs of Rock Canyon.
We have every reason to believe that Provo
will provide excellent stewardship for its community jewel.
The Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance gives a SHOUT-OUT to:
Senator John Valentine
… who quickly stepped in after the initial mining in 2003 and purchased aninterest in the property under the name of Red Slab, which provided an important layer of protection for the threatened canyon cliffs.
Senator Valentine not only spent personal funds, but also provided many hours of legal expertise to protect the canyon. His dedication and competent handling of the issue has been remarkable.
Another hearty SHOUT-OUT to:
Mayor John Curtis
… who has done everything humanly possible since taking office four years ago to secure the preservation of Provo CIty’s beloved Rock Canyon.
Mayor Curtis personally handled the negotiations which led to the favorable settlement now in place. His behind-the-scenes work with legal advisers, Red Slab, our Alliance, Provo’s City Council and ultimately with the Davis family was nothing short of heroic.
Finally, we thank the Richard Davis family - previous owners of the cliffs — for meeting with our Alliance leaders to brainstorm solutions and coming to the table with Provo City to forge the final historic resolution.
On this day of celebration, the Alliance is deeply grateful and inspired by the united community effort behind the preservation of Rock Canyon. Our long-standing Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance has been instrumental in saving the canyon from becoming:
- A Service Road - during the 1970s and 1980s
- A Condo Development -during the 1990s
- A Rock Quarry - in the 2000s.
Now, the whole community can stand with new-found confidence that each of us, as well as our children and grandchildren will find Rock Canyon as a place of enlivening recreation, personal renewal, and ongoing inspiration. Even if we simply look eastward while strolling down a Provo street and our eyes settle on the iconic cliffs at the mouth of the canyon, the magnificence of the sight will carry us forward.
“Rock Canyon is the most accessible biologically rich area in the valley. It is one of the few remaining access points to the ecosystems of the Wasatch front.” Dr. Renee Van Buren