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Supreme Court lets environmental groups join case that could allow road proliferation on public land

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to allow two conservation groups to intervene in Utah cases involving state efforts to have dirt washes, seasonal streambeds, and possibly even cattle trails and hiking paths declared roads across federal lands.

Utah officials long have sought approval to improve dirt tracks that meander across federal lands in the state, claiming such access was guaranteed under a Civil War-era law.

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