MOAB, Utah - A Hollywood production company has been slow to restore land damaged during the filming of a stampede scene in City Slickers II.
Federal land manager Brad
Palmer said the movie crews trampled about 30 percent more acreage
than they were supposed to in an area above the Colorado River,
just off the Shafer Trail near Canyonlands National Park. The scar
is still visible from Dead Horse Point, a state park and popular
Crews were supposed to rehabilitate the
20 or so acres of damaged ground last fall, said Palmer, who works
for the Bureau of Land Management.
"We had to put
some pressure on them. We had threatened to go after their bond ...
That seemed to help them move faster," Palmer
Rick Dalago, location manager for Castle
Rock Pictures, which produced the movie, said BLM deadlines for
reseeding last fall conflicted with the film company's completion
"We couldn't do it properly (under the
deadlines)," Dalago said. "We didn't want to do a half-assed job."
Palmer said Castle Rock crews recently began
recontouring the soil and preparing it for seeding this
In the meantime, the BLM has placed a
one-year moratorium on filming in that area until "we see some
success from the reclamation."
Castle Rock also
ran into controversy farther south, where a crew illegally
bulldozed a 20-foot-wide road about half as long as a football
field. BLM rangers issued a citation to Dalago for illegal road
construction. Dave Krouskop, realty specialist for the BLM, said
filmmakers created the road to provide a smooth surface for Billy
Crystal when he was dragged by a wagon in one
The writer lives in
Salt Lake City, Utah.