With the recent dictate from the Department Of Interior in reference to BLM land in Utah, I have to wonder as to the legal term of "wilderness." First we had wilderness, then "wilderness study areas," "wilderness-like areas," "wilderness type areas," "wilderness value areas," "wilderness attribute areas," and areas with wilderness characteristics.

They seem to have run out of wilderness designations, so now the DOI-BLM is going to call them wild lands. These designations close land to multiple use — recreation, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, mineral extraction, grazing, etc. — that will only cause Utah further economic problems. Just remember, a skunk by any other name smells the same.

Jack Johnston

South Jordan