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Jul 23, 2012
PNP comment: Bleeding-heart story in Deseret News is full of bunk! If Uhat has control of their land, there will be MORE access to the public’s land. The federal government encouraged by Greenie groups is the government to FEAR. It is the federal government agencies and Greenie groups that take away access. This group of teens and amputees will have even more land to roam, it Utah controls its public lands. The sage grouse does better on lands that are grazed. The sage grouse is just another ESA trick to reduce the amount of lands available for public use. — Editor Liz Bowen
Published: Sunday, July 22 2012 10:36 p.m. MDT
LAKE CITY — The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is on the attack, launching a high-profile campaign against Gov. Gary Herbertover his so-called public lands “grab.”
The environmental group took out full-page advertisements in both of Salt Lake City’s daily newspapers last week and plans to air radio spots and go door-to-door to spread its anti-Herbert message.
Referencing HB148 sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, the ad says Herbert signed legislation requiring the federal government to hand over more than 30 million acres it manages in Utah.
“But how could Utah afford to manage those lands?” the ad asks. “Right now, the state government can barely afford to keep our state parks open.”
Instead of focusing on messages such as preservation or conservation of the land, SUWA asserts such an action would be a financial catastrophe that residents can ill afford.
“Gov. Herbert’s efforts to take over public lands would be incredibly expensive for the state of Utah, both environmentally and economically,” said Scott Groene, SUWA’s director. “We have faith that when Utahns know the facts, they will oppose his land grab.”
Groene said the public campaign is also being spurred by lawsuits the state filed earlier this summer against the federal government seeking control of RS2477 or Civil War-era routes and roads, an estimated 12,000 of them.
“(Herbert) has filed 22 lawsuits in front of eight federal judges. It seems serious,” Groene said. “He is ready to throw a mountain of public money at it. And we are taking it very seriously.”
This latest dust-up adds another dimension to what has become an increasingly active and vitriolic war of words and legal actions over what should — or should not happen — on federal lands controlled by the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service.
From sage grouse protections, the RS2477 battle and angst over rumored monument designations, Herbert has thrust himself front and center into the fray, stressing repeatedly that conservation of public lands and responsible development are not mutually exclusive and local control is best.
But Groene said Herbert’s decisions go far beyond what other gubernatorial leaders are doing throughout the West.