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  • March 10th, 2011

    Beware of Rob Bishop if you fly between SLC and DC

    “Bishop, who typically flies between Utah and Washington on Fridays and Mondays, says BLM actions can cause him to want to hit fellow passengers, bathroom mirrors and that for the safety of the flying public on Delta, the BLM should cease to tick him off.”  Read more – The Salt Lake Tribune


    AGO Report deserves praise for including monument designation

    “The Antiquities Act, one of our country’s most effective conservation laws, has been used by 14 presidents from both parties to protect scenic wonders and historic sites, many of which have subsequently been designated as national parks by Congress. 

    Used more than 100 times since its passage, the Antiquities Act has safeguarded many of America’s most beloved, iconic sites, including the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower, and the Statue of Liberty.  The AGO Report outlines a collaborative process by which the public can identify and recommend potential sites on existing federal land for national monument status.”  Read more – The Hill’s Congress Blog


  • March 9th, 2011

    Hey Rep. Bishop, western officials & businesses support protecting wild lands

    “When Bishop took the opportunity to support Big Oil, he snubbed the other western elected officials and business owners that support the Wild Lands policy, including those from his own district and state. A letter thanking Secretary Salazar for the Wild Lands policy was signed by 67 elected officials from around the West. People in Colorado were so supportive of the policy that 73 elected officials signed their own letter, and seven businesses from Congressman Bishop’s own district asked him to stop his attack of the Wild Lands policy. That’s 147 businesses and elected officials from around the West that aren’t complaining. They’re saying thanks.”  Read more – The Wonk Room

    Tar sands development in Utah not worth it

    “All of this, then, to recover what nature didn’t finish cooking. Is it worth it? Not in my book. Let’s spend our energy development dollars on more promising technologies that leave wild country in peace.”  Op-ed – The Salt Lake Tribune

    House Republicans will continue to try slashing environmental protections

    “The legislation blocks a new Bureau of Land Management initiative to identify and protect pristine public lands in the West and withholds funding for a new Forest Service management plan that would restrict off-road vehicle use in national forests. It also removes Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the northern Rockies and eliminates hundreds of millions of dollars from a federal land acquisition program.”  Read more – Los Angeles Times

  • March 7th, 2011

    BLM policies should reflect Americans’ high priority on wilderness values

    “Affirming the BLM’s ability to work with the public to protect lands with wilderness characteristics is not just a common-sense step, it also makes sound economic sense. Last year, hunting, fishing and other recreational uses of BLM lands generated $7.4 billion for local economies throughout the West. Conservation must be — and should be — on the table when making decisions about our public lands. It’s what the American people expect, and it’s also what the law requires.”  Op-ed – The Medford Mail Tribune

    Boom and bust cycles are not caused by land-use policy changes

    “More broadly, it is foolish to believe that any government policy can possibly drive economic changes as big as those experienced in Uintah County’s recent woes and more recent recovery. Rapid fluctuations in employment and growth are far more likely to be caused by global changes in commodity prices than by small alterations of public policy.”  Letter-to-the-editor – The Salt Lake Tribune 

    Utah wilderness activist shares her advocacy experience in DC

    “I just returned from five days on Capitol Hill, another country altogether, where a group of twenty activists—half from Utah, half from everywhere else from San Francisco to Chicago to Brick, NJ—gathered to lobby for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, a piece of legislation that’s been growing support since it was introduced in 1989 by Utah Representative Wayne Owens.”  Read more – Progwoman

    Utah is slamming the door to public participation on environmental issues

    “Here in Utah, it is inconsistent to argue that advocates for a cleaner, safer world should limit themselves to lawful means of challenge while simultaneous efforts are underway to restrict or eliminate those very processes. Those who benefit economically from environmental approvals have a cushy seat at the table, while those who raise questions must stand outside in the cold and protest in vain.”  Op-ed – The Salt Lake Tribune

    Identifying lands suitable for conservation is a ‘legal obligation’

    “A day after telling a Senate panel that the policy does not seek to circumvent lawmakers’ authority, Salazar told the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday that his department has a legal obligation, upheld by the courts, to identify lands suitable for conservation. He also said he would work with local communities on the best way to manage the lands.”  Read more – Great Falls Tribune 

    Preserving land can curb global warming too!

    “In the absence of binding legislation mandating stricter carbon emissions standards, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, given the climate-related benefits of land conservation, may well be the most significant global warming bill Congress has passed to date. And environmentalists might have to take what they can get: With Republicans now in control of the House and gaining ground in the Senate, dedicated climate legislation may be even more elusive than analysts thought even a year ago.”  Read more – Blast