Lawmakers reintroduce Utah red-rock wilderness bill


With more Democrats in Congress, "I think we have a better shot at passing this important bill now than we've had since (the late) Congressman Wayne Owens (D-Utah) first introduced it 20 years ago," said Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., who introduced it in the House with 105 cosponsors.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., reintroduced it in the Senate with 15 cosponsors.
Hinchey, who has pushed Utah wilderness bills since 1994, said, "With a Congress that is more deeply committed to conservation efforts and a president who understands the importance of protecting our country's most precious land, I am very hopeful that we can move this important piece of legislation forward."

… Suzanne Jones of the Wilderness Society said, "Utah's red-rock country is a fragile place where even the slightest damage can have dramatic impacts."