Salt Lake County Government: Save Steep Mountain
  • Petitioning Jeff Stenquist
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Draper City Council Member
Jeff Stenquist
Draper City Council Member
Bill Colbert
Draper City Council Member
Alan Summerhays
Salt Lake County Council: District 6
Max Burdick
Salt Lake County Council: District 2
Michael H. Jensen
Salt Lake County Council: District 3
David Wilde
Salt Lake County Council: District 1
Arlyn Bradshaw
Salt Lake County Council: At Large A
Randy Horiuchi
Salt Lake County Council: At Large B
Richard Snelgrove
Salt Lake County Council: At Large C
Jim Bradley
Salt Lake County Mayor
Mayor Ben McAdams
Draper City Council Member
William Rappleye
See response
Draper City Council Member
Troy Walker
Draper City Mayor
Darrell Smith
Salt Lake County Council: District 5
Steve DeBry (Salt Lake County Council: District 5)
Utah Governor
Utah State Senate
Utah State House

Salt Lake County Government: Save Steep Mountain

    1. Petition by

      Save Steep Mountain

We are on the brink of losing one of Salt Lake County’s iconic land features. It goes by many names including Steep Mountain, South Mountain, or just The Point of the Mountain. It is not only the gateway skyline between Salt Lake and Utah Counties but the backyard of many homeowners and businesses in Draper. It is a popular location for outdoor enthusiasts including mountain bikers, hikers, and runners, and it is a unique, world-renowned destination for hang glider and paraglider pilots. Steep Mountain provides a rapidly-growing community and year-round visitors the opportunity to truly live “Life Elevated.”

These local communities have long coexisted with Geneva Rock Products, who owns and operates on a sizable piece of land at the Western end of Steep Mountain. Geneva Rock has a great history of working with and supporting efforts in their surrounding community while providing jobs and an essential service required to keep our County’s infrastructure growing. It is important to make everyone aware that Geneva Rock is currently operating within their rights and that they have expressed interest in a diplomatic solution to this cause.

Only recently has Geneva Rock begun mining operations on the skyline portion of Steep Mountain. While their work is currently limited to the Western end of the ridge, they have secured permits and voiced their plans to move further East toward the summit. Any movement toward the East will have immediate impact to both the skyline and the County owned Flight Park located directly below. Several years ago, the County acquired this land and set it aside as designated park space to help preserve a flying site that attracts pilots from around the world each year. The County saw value in creating a park that its citizens and guests, both pilots and non-pilots alike, could use and appreciate for years to come. To do so, Salt Lake County invested nearly a million dollars to create what is now known as the Salt Lake County Flight Park at the Point of the Mountain.

As Geneva Rock owns a significant portion of the land on the face of and all the way to the central summit of Steep Mountain, further mining will directly affect the homeowners who live below, both on the bench and the valley floor. Several new business parks have recently opened their doors in this area, and currently, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail ends directly below the land Geneva Rock is planning on mining. The fact is that this mountain means something different to many different groups, far too many to include all of them here.

The goal of this petition is to ask the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and Draper City government officials to hear our voices and to facilitate the acquisition of Geneva Rock owned land that lies on the Western end of Steep Mountain, including its North and South facing slopes. We are asking them to investigate either purchasing this land, and/or facilitating a land swap that will be mutually beneficial to Geneva Rock, their hard-working employees, and the surrounding communities. If this is an effort that you support, please let your voice be heard by signing this petition and the letter below will be sent to our government officials as your representation.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Sent to us from a supporter:

      Steep Mountain has single handedly shaped my family into an amazing portrait of love and adventure. This little guy is my stepson. He's a rad little dude with a huge heart, a love for all flying things, and passion for the outdoors. His mom and his dad are doing an amazing job of teaching him how to take care of the environment. Thanks to the close proximity of the Bonneville shoreline trail, he has done more hikes then most adults will in an entire lifetime. Everyday we can, we go to the Flight park and watch the wings take flight. He marvels at the colors and talks non stop about flying. He's learned to ride a bike, fly kites, ski, and formed some of his first friendships in that very flight park. Growing up on this amazing mountain has ignited his vast imagination and I hope the beauty and magic of this place will endure for many years to come.

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    3. Decision-maker William Rappleye responds:

      William Rappleye

      Good job of coming together.
      For a common cause. The City has had some positive discussion with Gravel Mining operators.


    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
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      Good Evening!

      We are a quarter of the way to reaching our goal! Big thanks to everyone who has contributed to the efforts.

      Here are some more ways you can stay connected:

      Our Website - www.savesteepmountain.org
      Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/savesteepmountain
      Twitter - https://twitter.com/SaveSteep
      Instagram - http://instagram.com/savesteepmountain/

      Thanks again,
      Save Steep Mountain

      Save the Point of the Mountain

      We are on the brink of losing one of Salt Lake County's iconic land features. It goes by many names...

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 4 days ago

      “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

      ― Theodore Roosevelt

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    • Michael Ravella DRAPER, UT
      • 11 days ago

      I am signing because every time it rains at my house it rains mud from the gravel pit. We also get dust from there which is likely causing health problems for me, my wife and children, and my neighbors. Also, the dump trucks crowd the highway exit and roads and spill rocks on the roads. Sincerely, Michael Ravella

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    • Sarah Thiemann LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 15 days ago

      Pro environment...there will not be an "us" if we do not make smarter wiser decisions other than the path of least resistance!

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    • Ricky Jones AUSTRALIA
      • 23 days ago

      because animals, insects and many other creatures reside here

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    • Trenton Rich WOODS CROSS, UM
      • about 1 month ago

      Been flying RC sailplanes here since i was a kid, flying Paragliders now. It is one of the best land marks Utah has to offer.

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