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SUWA Statement on 6.22.23 House Natural Resources Public Lands Subcommittee Hearing Regarding Bears Ears Land Exchange (H.R. 3049)

Jun 22nd, 2023 Written by suwa

SUWA Statement on 6.22.23 House Natural Resources Public Lands Subcommittee Hearing Regarding Bears Ears Land Exchange (H.R.3049)

June 22, 2023

Contact: Steve Bloch, Legal Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA); (801) 428-3981 (steve@suwa.org)

Salt Lake City, UT – SUWA Legal Director Steve Bloch issued the following statement regarding H.R. 3049, legislation introduced by Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that, if signed into law, will authorize a land exchange between the state of Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (Trust Lands) and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Specifically, the United States would acquire Trust Lands in Bears Ears National Monument and other holdings in Utah in exchange for other Bureau of Land Management lands in the state.

“SUWA supports President Biden’s goal of exchanging Utah Trust Lands out of Bears Ears National Monument, which would allow agencies to manage the monument as a single, unified landscape. On the ground, this should mean that the monument’s irreplaceable cultural and historic resources, fossils, and unique flora and fauna are better cared for and preserved for current and future generations. H.R. 3049 would accomplish many of these important goals and we support that outcome.”

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