Utah Wilderness News, August 2, 2010

Wilderness/natural gas agreement wins praise from the Salt Lake Tribune

“The epic battle for public lands pitting energy developers against
environmental groups has yielded few compromises and even fewer
agreements outside a courtroom. But the Bill Barrett Corp. and the
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance have managed to achieve both, to the
benefit of all Americans.”  Editorial – The Salt Lake Tribune

There may still be life in wilderness legislation for Piute County

“The so-called Washington County
process for negotiating wilderness and other public lands issues in Utah
looked like it was in trouble after the defeat of Senator Bob Bennett
earlier this year. But there may be some life in it yet – in Piute
County, where Commissioner Rick Blackwell thinks the time is right to
take their bill to Congress.”  Read more and listen – KUER

Pilot project will try to find agreement over road claims

“Now, rather than continuing the warfare over the roads, the Interior
Department, the state, the Utah Association of Counties, the Southern
Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and others are trying to find consensus
on as many of the roads as they possibly can.”  Read more – The Salt Lake Tribune
Read more on the subject at Deseret News, KCPW, National Parks Traveler

Bennett’s loss may cut short San Juan County public process

“The fate of a proposed San Juan County wilderness bill is in limbo as
Senator Bob Bennett’s last term in office draws to a close in the next
five months. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Scott
Groene says Bennett’s loss at the state GOP convention in May cut short a
public process the senator started in the spring.”  Read more – KCPW