About Us


To draw attention to changes afoot. To offer holistic, factual information within SaveNotPave.org. Spawned by Utah Department of Transpotation’s proposed widening of Wasatch Boulevard between mouth of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, Save Not Pave, in unison with other health-conscious organizations, leads a public awareness campaign giving residents, concerned citizens regionally, and elected officials comprehensive, sourced information about the societal danger of needlessly paving and building over our irreplaceable resource — Healthy Soil and Unfettered Land.


  1. Get city, county, state legislature and Wasatch Front Regional Council to develop a viable regional transit plan for Salt Lake Valley’s southeast quadrant serving year-round recreationalists and commuters.
  2. Gather electronic signatures (contact information) within SaveNotPave.org to show solidarity for logical solutions to growing population and visitor numbers through transformational innovation of moving people, not cars.
  3. Keep constituents informed of upcoming critical meetings and developments.

About Us

We, at SaveNotPave, are Salt Lake Valley citizens called to action to preserve this final remaining foothill corridor for safe cycling, running, walking and for residents to be able to enter and exit their neighborhoods safely . We gladly share access through our Gateway to Utah’s amazing Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons with visitors and regional commuters but it must be safe, sustainable and not heighten pollution levels.

Publicly funded projects should meet needs of the taxpayers that pay for them. By offering evidence-based information and local viewpoint of all stakeholders, visitors to SaveNotPave.org can draw their own conclusions on best courses of action.

As an ongoing source of comprehensive information, we cover land use concerns generally, and specific projects, such as the Mobility Hub Multi-use Complex at the site of the current Gravel Pit/Cement Batch Plant land near mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

With Salt Lake Valley’s burgeoning population and the 2021 announcement of Governor Cox that Utah is in an Emergency Drought status, Save Not Pave sees reduction of the asphalt presence through transit & active transportation preserving greenery instead of heightening vehicular traffic, and through regenerative horticulture and architectural design that assists in filtering smoke and carcinogens from the air, sequestrates carbon dioxide into the ground and reduces summer temperatures playing a large role in the well-being of Salt Lake Valley residents going forward.

SaveNotPave’s founder is 34-year Cottonwood Heights resident Ellen Birrell. Designed as a portal of discovery, SaveNotPave links arms with other organizations seeking to educate and inspire the public, elected officials and school administrators in the importance of environmental stewardship unite around a shared vision for safety, health and well-being.

The development time for this website was donated by Darren Hurley of OutletShirts.com

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