Unfortunately, the answer is the state of Utah itself.
In the last few months, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a law that aims to seize 30 million acres of our public lands from federal care. Now, the state of Utah is suing the federal government over some 12,000 dirt paths, dry washes and other imaginary “roads” to which the state claims right-of-way.
Fortunately, three members of Congress—Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)—recognize that Utah’s actions are an affront to all Americans and are urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect Utah’s public lands—lands which belong to all Americans.
Will you ask your Representative to stand with these Congressmen and defend America’s redrock wilderness?
The state’s actions are an unspeakably brazen assault on our nation’s shared legacy of conservation and love of the outdoors.
If the state has its way, beloved places like Greater Canyonlands, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Desolation Canyon will become the charge of Gov. Gary Herbert and his anti-conservation, pro-development cohorts—and the land will be crisscrossed with roads, rigs and off-road vehicles.
But congressional pressure could stop that. Representatives Hinchey, Grijalva and Holt are circulating a letter among their House colleagues urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar “to make the vigorous defense of these iconic public lands against the state of Utah’s attacks one of your highest priorities.”
We need more members of Congress to sign on to that letter. Please, tell your representative that you want him/her to defend Utah’s public lands today.
These champions of Utah’s wilderness are asking other members to sign the letter to convey the importance of these lands and the gravity of the threat to the Obama administration.
Thank you for taking action.