City of Provo buys disputed Rock Canyon, protecting recreation site from mining

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PROVO, Utah – Provo Mayor John Curtis says the city has purchased a disputed canyon favoured by recreationists for $1.6 million.

Curtis announced Provo’s purchase of 80 acres of Rock Canyon at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The canyon has been the centre of a long dispute over ownership of and mining on the land.

The former owners, who acquired the land more than 16 years, ago, had wrangled in court over ownership of the property.

One owner, Richard Davis, had sought to mine the canyon for quartz to be used for decorative landscaping.

The other owners granted Provo a conservation easement, agreeing not to mine the land.

Deputy mayor Corey Norman told The Daily Herald of Provo (http://bit.ly/1fNI5SP) that the announcement ends those disputes and will preserve the natural space.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

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