Editorial: No land grab- Salazar rights a wrong policy


The reaction in Utah to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s rather low-key adjustment to a Bush-era “no more wilderness” policy for public lands has been, while not surprising, still a tad extreme.

Salazar announced that a seven-year-old agreement between former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and former Interior Secretary Gale Norton would be treated going forward for what it was: an illegal usurpation of federal authority to protect public land.

Salazar’s order only returns to the Bureau of Land Management its rightful authority to declare qualifying lands as wilderness study areas and preserve it until Congress can decide whether it should be protected as wilderness.