Congress should reject short-sighted initiative for Utah public lands

Sep 13, 2016
Photo by Mason Cummings
Statement from The Wilderness Society on House Committee on Natural Resources Hearing on Utah PLI

Tomorrow the House Committee on Natural Resources will host a legislative hearing on the proposed Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, which has little chance of being adopted and will do too little to protect wild, cultural and historic lands, including Bears Ears. The initiative, led by Natural Resources Committee Chair Rob Bishop (R-Utah), purports to create consensus about management of federal lands in Utah but fails to meet the original goals of balancing.  

The following statement is from Paul Spitler, Director of Wilderness Policy at The Wilderness Society:

“With virtually no time left for Congress to act, the clock has run out on the Public Lands Initiative—and for good reason. The legislation fails to honor local agreements and instead advances a one-sided agenda that lacks public support and places America’s most significant historical and cultural resources at risk. We urge the Congress to reject this short-sighted initiative.

All stakeholders agree on one thing: the Bears Ears landscape deserves permanent protection for future generations. It is time for President Obama to protect the priceless resources this region offers by establishing the Bears Ears National Monument.”

Paul Spitler
(202) 360-1912