Obama II: Disappointment Dampens Desire to Hope

Desolation Canyon Within a month of his inauguration, the President had signed into law a wilderness package protecting over 2 million acres of public land, including 186,000 acres in Utah’s Washington County—lands also proposed for wilderness designation in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act.  That change thing was looking very good.  But not for long.  Read more . . .


The Land Grab: If You’re Gonna Go Nuts, Go Big

Gov Mansion Protest Utah legislators introduced a series of bills this year to advance the governor’s land grab scheme. One of them, HB 142, requires the state’s Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO) to study the costs and benefits of transferring public lands to the state and provides $450,000 to fund outside analyses. The bill also requires PLPCO to set up a process by which the state takes title to the land and to detail ways to increase revenue from it.  Read more . . .




Talking about Greater Canyonlands in Utah

Greater Canyonlands Hearing The discussion in Utah about the future of Greater Canyonlands got a huge boost in February when Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis and state Rep. Patrice Arent introduced a joint resolution in the Utah legislature calling on Congress or the President to protect Greater Canyonlands. Two days later, more than 100 Utah wilderness supporters packed a hearing at the Utah State Capitol to support Dabakis’s resolution.  Read more . . .


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