WESTERN BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE - LAKEWOOD, CO (Oct. 1, 2009) -- A proposal to severely restrict public access to nearly one-fifth of all land in Utah, spearheaded by a liberal New York congressman
and an environmental group chaired by a Swedish multimillionaire
, is beginning to move forward in the U.S. Congress. But a Western coalition is now working to build opposition to the legislation from other states, and is predicting success.
The Federal Government already controls about 64% of Utah land.
The bill, known as the "America's Red Rocks Wilderness Act," is sponsored by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a Democratic congressman from New York. It would designate as "wilderness" about 9.4 million acres of land in Utah, which would severely restrict the public's access to those lands.
"There is clearly support among Utah legislators for movement on a Utah wilderness bill, but this approach is increasingly recognized as a 'gang attack' on Utah, pure and simple," said Sims. "No one remembers a single case of a wilderness bill getting serious consideration in the Congress without the support of even one member of home state's delegation. That fact is getting other states understandably nervous about the prospect of being targeted by out-of-state politicians
and extremist environmental groups like Utah is being targeted."
To see the Western Business Roundtable letter on H.R. 1925 to Members of Congress, click here.
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