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  • April 18th, 2016

    On April 4, the Utah Supreme Court heard oral argument on a pivotal question of state law that could affect the future of the state of Utah’s R.S. 2477 litigation. The question was “certified” by the federal court hearing the state of Utah’s suite of R.S. 2477 claims, a mechanism by which the federal court can enlist the state’s highest court to resolve novel questions of state law.  It’s a wonky question with big implications—whether a particular law is a “statute of repose” or a “statute of limitations.”  Should the Court decide it’s the former, it could mean the end of the state of Utah’s massive, wasteful, and anti-wilderness suite of R.S. 2477 litigation.

    The Court recently posted an audio recording of the argument.  SUWA was represented at oral argument by Jess Krannich, a partner at the Salt Lake City law firm of Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar, LLC.  We expect a decision by the end of this summer, but in the meantime, give it a listen!

    >>Click here to listen to audio recording.

  • Enefit Uinta Basin Oil Shale/Tar Sands Map (Grand Canyon Trust)
    April 6th, 2016

    The Bureau of Land Management announced this week that it is moving toward allowing dirty oil shale development that could be a double whammy for the environment, unleashing nearly a half a billion tons of greenhouse gases and consuming vast amounts Colorado River basin water.

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    April 1st, 2016

    For Immediate Release
    April 1, 2016

    After three years of meetings and negotiations, Rep. Rob Bishop released a draft of his “grand bargain” Public Lands Initiative in January. This proposed legislation was intended to settle the land disputes in multiple Utah counties for good.

    One of the stakeholders in the process, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), has now been recognized by Bishop with the “PLI Participation Award.”

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    SUWA Field Director Ray Bloxham receives the PLI Participation Award from Rep. Bishop.

    “I wanted to make sure that SUWA was recognized for its valiant efforts to establish wilderness areas, even though I decided that there wouldn’t be any true wilderness in my bill,” said Bishop of the events leading up to the award. “They tried to make the PLI an actual conservation bill but I just wasn’t feeling it.”

    SUWA’s Ray Bloxham, shown receiving the award from Rep. Bishop in the photo above, said “We did everything we could to ensure that wilderness-quality lands were protected, but all we got was this lousy plaque. And millions of acres of Energy Zones. And roll-backs of current protections. And a bunch of ridiculous RS 2477 claims. Need I go on?”

    The award was presented in passing at the South Salt Lake Chipotle, a place that both SUWA and Rep. Bishop could agree on as neutral ground. “There’s no consolation prize like a big fat burrito,” said Bloxham.

    Click here to learn more about the Public Lands Initiative.

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  • Lowenthal and activists (Wilderness Week 2016)
    March 28th, 2016
    Wilderness Week 2016

    Alissa Buckingham of NJ and Mike Abdo of Utah prepare “Hill Drop” packets that include fact sheets on the PLI and UTTR proposals. Photo by Kirsten Allen.

    Earlier this month, 24 activists with the Utah Wilderness Coalition (UWC) convened in Washington, DC to meet with congressional offices and discuss Rep. Rob Bishop’s draft Public Lands Initiative (PLI), the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) Expansion Bill, America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act (ARRWA), and the importance of protecting Utah’s extraordinary wilderness-quality lands.  Activists from Utah and around the country stormed the Hill in teams of twos and threes, meeting with 120 offices in the Senate and House of Representatives.

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    Activists prepare for their meetings on Capitol Hill. Photo by Travis Hammill.

    Wilderness Week activists first learn the nuts and bolts of lobbying, how to talk with Congress and Hill staff, the inter-connectivity of all of the legislation that affects Utah’s wilderness-quality lands, “who’s who” on Capitol Hill, and the past actions of members of Congress.  The day-long training was hosted by the Utah Wilderness Coalition, comprised of representatives of SUWA, Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  It can be an exhaustive cram session, but it was clear to us from the performance of our activists in their meetings that they were star pupils and had paid attention in class!

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    Wilderness Week activists watched and listened as the fate of public lands near the UTTR was discussed by the Subcommittee on Public Lands. Photo by Maureen Sheldon.

    Congress was extremely busy during this year’s Wilderness Week, and the timing for the meetings was excellent. Appropriations season was in full swing and Utah Representative Chris Stewart’s UTTR Expansion Bill had a markup, which meant many of the activists were able to attend, wearing their yellow “Protect Wild Utah” pins, which Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, certainly noticed from his front and center seat on the dais. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), the sponsor of the Red Rock Bill in the House, as well as Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) asked some very pointed questions which showed the activists that there are many members of Congress who care about Utah’s wild lands.  Several of our activists were able to catch up with Lowenthal after the hearing to thank him and pose for a photo op.

    Lowenthal and activists (Wilderness Week 2016)

    Left to right: SUWA Legislative Advocate Jordan Giaconia, activist Alissa Buckingham of NJ, activist Jim Hines of CA, Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), activist Brad Stonebraker of NY, activist Shannon Gordon of Utah. Photo by Maureen Sheldon.

    The Utah Wilderness Coalition is so grateful to all 24 Wilderness Week participants for joining us in DC for this important week of lobbying. It’s because of these people, and supporters like you, that we are able to continue working to #ProtectWildUtah!

    Are you interested in joining SUWA and the UWC for future lobbying events? Would you like to hold an in-district meeting with your representatives? If so, email your regional organizer for more information on how you can get involved.

    Dave Pacheco – Utah

    Terri Martin – Utah and Western US

    Clayton Daughenbaugh – Midwest

    Travis Hammill – Eastern US

     

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