|We launched a campaign to encourage President Barack Obama to designate a Greater Canyonlands National Monument; it has spread across the nation. It began with SUWA members but now boasts the support of many other organizations and their members, including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Grand Canyon Trust, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, and more than 100 local and national businesses from the outdoor recreation industry. Read more . . .|
|Litigation over Utah’s right-of-way claims to roads across public lands is gathering steam. Relying on a 19th Century law known as Revised Statute (RS) 2477, the state and rural counties are asserting claims covering 36,000 miles across the state. If Utah and its rural counties succeed in this litigation they will shred wild Utah. Faint two-track routes, present-day cow paths, and impassable desert routes could all become “highways.” Read more . . .|
|The Moab office of the BLM has approved a mining company’s proposal to drill four wells to explore potash deposits on Hatch Point, a scenic promontory that draws thousands of visitors every year. The agency has acknowledged that its current management plan (rushed out the door in the last hours of the Bush administration) failed to correctly identify areas where oil, gas and potash development should occur. Read more . . .|
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