• February 25th, 2010

    BLM Plans Destruction of Old Growth Trees in National Monument and Proposed Wilderness
    A coalition of national and local conservation groups has called on the
    Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) to halt immediately the planned
    destruction of old-growth pinyon and juniper trees on over 50,000 acres
    in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and surrounding
    lands, including those proposed for wilderness protection in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act.”  Read more – SUWA Press Release

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  • February 24th, 2010

    Anti-public lands rally held at UT statehouse…
    "A contingent of Top of Utah residents and lawmakers joined a states' rights rally at the Capitol on Tuesday. 'Take Back Utah' was the rallying cry for the assembly of more than
    200 people as they gathered in the rotunda to hear from a variety of
    speakers, mostly Republican lawmakers." Read more – Standard-Examiner

    …but other lawmakers have grown weary of this type of silliness.
    "State
    lawmakers need to get back to business and start addressing the state's real
    problems rather than spending so much time telling — and retelling — the feds
    to back off, say minority party members." Read more – Salt Lake Tribune

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  • February 23rd, 2010

     Noel_clarkBlogger heaps justifiable scorn on UT pols bad behavior
    "In
    other words
    , the Legislature's cowboys want to bet $3 million in legal fees on
    what is, at best, a one in 10 chance. I
    t's painfully obvious that we live in a
    state
    without legalized gambling. Them's chump's odds. But, then again, Mike
    Noel and Chris Herrod are betting taxpayers' money, not their
    own." Read more – Salt Lake Crawler


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  • February 22nd, 2010

    Making Canyonlands whole
    "From the lip of Grand View Point, an immense ruddy landscape in a
    constant state of decay sweeps before your eyes. And yet, though you're
    in the heart of Canyonlands National Park, not all you see is within the park. And for many, that's a problem that should have been corrected long ago. Step into Canyonlands, whether via the Island in the Sky, the Needles, or the Maze districts,
    and you enter perhaps the most rugged backcountry park in the Lower 48." Read more – National Parks Traveler

    NY Times examines why national monuments are so contentious in the west
    "In much of the nation, “monument” is
    an innocuous word, conjuring up images of historical figures cast in bronze or
    road-side plaques few stop to read.
    In the West, though, it’s a fighting
    word, bound up for years with simmering resentments against the federal
    government and presidential powers. The feeling dates to the days when, with the
    stroke of a pen, Theodore
    Roosevelt declared lands he wished to protect as national monuments under
    the American Antiquities
    Act." Read more – New York Times

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  • February 19th, 2010

    Debate begins over potential for new national monuments
    “A Department of the Interior memo leaked to Utah First District
    Congressman Rob Bishop shows the Obama administration is thinking about
    creating national monuments out of a number of parcels of land in the
    Western United States.”  Video courtesy of Fox 13 News

     

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