SUWA Statement on Public Lands Rule Litigation by the States of Utah & Wyoming – 6.18.24

Jun 18th, 2024 Written by suwa

June 18, 2024

SUWA Statement on Public Lands Rule Litigation by the States of Utah & Wyoming – 6.18.24

Steve Bloch, Legal Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA); (801) 859-1552;
Grant Stevens, Communications Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA); (319) 427-0260;

Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the States of Utah and Wyoming announced they have filed litigation in federal district court in Utah over the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recently finalized Public Lands Rule. Among other things, the Rule reiterates that conservation is part of the BLM’s multiple-use mission and ensures that the agency will manage for this use on a day-in and day-out basis. Below is a statement from SUWA Legal Director Stephen Bloch and additional information. 

“This disappointing, but predictable reaction from the State of Utah only highlights how unserious its elected leaders are about addressing the challenges facing public lands in Utah. This lawsuit is out of touch with the majority of Utahns who support conservation and know climate change is a serious problem,” said Stephen Bloch, SUWA Legal Director. “SUWA appreciates the Biden administration’s commitment to conservation and looks forward to seeing the Rule’s positive impact on Utah’s redrock country. The Rule will keep conservation top of mind as BLM goes about its daily work to manage some of the most intact and ecologically significant public lands in the country.”  

Additional information: 

The Public Lands Rule establishes a “… framework to ensure healthy landscapes, abundant wildlife habitat, clean water, and balanced decision-making on our nation’s public lands.”

Utah-specific polling data from the 2024 Conservation in the West Poll, which shows a clear and resounding preference for conservation when voters are given a choice over how public lands are used.


The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is a nonprofit organization with members and supporters from around the country dedicated to protecting America’s redrock wilderness. From offices in Moab, Salt Lake City, and Washington, DC, our team of professionals defends the redrock, organizes support for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, and stewards this world-renowned landscape. Learn more at