He plans to introduce bill to expand Wasatch wilderness areas
Wayne Owens was indeed a congressman from Utah, however, he did not die in an
ATV accident a couple of years ago....that was Bill Orton...another congressman
from Utah. No wonder newspapers are losing readers and credibility. About two
seconds of research could have told you this. What a joke...and yet you think
we should take you seriously.
Thank you, Representative Matheson. And I mean that very much. As a registered
Republican, it's guys like you that change people's minds. Like mine.
While I support this, I wonder if Matheson got approval from his Republican
This rhetoric has been waved around many times as a political issue until the
votes are counted then the first green flag waved in front of their noses
changes their minds real fast.Zoning laws already exist by the USGS
and state to preserve those areas for the very reasons they are quoting now, but
the green flag has the power of persuasion that no law can obstruct.The green flag has put many lives and families at risk throughout the valley
to violate zoning laws, so why will their speech make any difference? To get
such laws passed they have to fend off special interest developers that are
I think those lands are perfectly fine the way they are, thank you. Changing
designation will only prevent fewer Americans from enjoying their public lands,
reserving that right for an anointed few.Ever try to visit closed
lands with children? With the elderly? With a physical disability? Public
lands should be accessible to all.
Matheson is losing his job in. He is now panicking. The republicans are not
going to cross over and support him this time so is is trying to hurry up and do
Thank you, Representative Matheson, for again showing how to accomplish
consensus and do what is right. Protecting local watershed is the right thing to
do. Well done.
Wow, why not just declare all of Utah a wilderness area, kick us all out, and
get it over with. The torture of adding 10,000 acres here, 10,000 acres there,
slowly, painfully, is not fun anymore. This is yet another example of losing
freedom, thank you Jim Matheson and Obama.
Wilderness designation is not partisan. It is taking a look at the bigger
picture and not throughselfish blinders.Locking up federal lands is
a myth! Slowing or stopping foolish use of diminishing and finite resourses is
wise. It is a tired argument that children,elderly and the disabled can't
use wilderness. Check out a popular backcountry lake on a summer day.Where
should the line be drawn for our own overuse of oil,gas, and the Forest Service
green light approach to ski areas.
How many more acres of land needs to be protected by the federal government? Everytime the democrats occupy the White House takes thousands of acres
taken away from the little guy.
To Thinkin' Man- I have taken my kids to "closed lands" quite a bit and,
amazingly, they lived to tell the tell. They, in fact, enjoy it immensely. If
you have ever spent any amount of time actually getting out of your chair and
did some hiking you would see that a large amount of people out on the trails
are people you would consider "elderly". It's pretty obvious within
two sentences that people who complain about having land "closed" off to them
have no idea what they're talking about.
Just be carefull of the UNintended consequences... that's all I ask.When Politicians start doing stuff like this it's often to please the radical
environmentalists... and they are a hard group to please, unless you are willing
to go ALL THE WAY and do it all THEIR way.Personally, I don't see
why the canyons NEED more protection. The areas he is trying to give wilderness
designation to are ALREADY protected from development (they are part of the
National Forest System). We can ALREADY protect them from development.All too often, the quest to protect certain areas, becomes just an effort to
limit access to it. To make it harder and harder for PEOPLE to enjoy it. I
don't like that.The effort to "Protect" also seems to eventually
become the quest to keep the rifraf (normal population) out and only allow easy
access to the elite people and environmentalist-elite, who can afford time and
money required to access it. I don't like that.I don't like efforts
that focus only on adding RESTRICTIONS.Don't focus on Restrictions
"Everytime the democrats occupy the White House takes thousands of acres taken
away from the little guy."That's right, conservatives have been
convinced that walking is an elitist activity. Walking doesn't sell expensive
toys, gas, repairs or helmets.
USGS does not practice zoning or have the power to zone. Where do you get such
Thank you Rep.You are doing a good job and the right things.
Was this an actual Jim Matheson sighting? Has it been confirmed?
Ready to give up | 9:16 a.m.How will this protect local
watershed???These areas were in no danger of development anyway,
were they?To me... this just looks like a politican
looking for something to do to impress somebody.The main
problem I have with this is... What is Matheson doing in MY BACKYARD,
Litterally, when I have no ability to vote for/against him? He
should be doing this in his OWN district! Not trying to regulate land in other
districts that have no say in whether he represents them or not!
"Some of us can only get there with the help of wheels," and some people
are blind, but we don't let them touch the works of art at the museum so that
they can enjoy them too. Life isn't fair I hear it again and again from
those claiming health insurance shouldn't be forced to cover people with
pre-existing conditions. Yet I hear complaining how it's not fair that you
can't visit wilderness without motorized wheels. Why should you be granted
special rights, you have the same rights as the rest of us. Wont your religious
or charity group carry you into these places?
Why is this a federal matter? Rep. Matheson, please stick to the narrow scope
of issues that the Constitution expressly allows you to deal with.
When I saw Matheson is back in his blue shirt and leather jacket, I knew he is
back to try to drum up some support. He is also using the phrase "alotta folks"
which makes us feel warm and fuzzy.
This land does need protection. Some of the compromises included in this bill
will keep snowbird from expanding its ski resort into white pine, and will keep
alta from expanding its resort up flagstaff peak. Either of those activities
would have disturbed a lot of land (you don't see it in the winter when the
ground is covered, but putting in ski lifts and other facilities really tears up
the land), and excluded anyone who does not want to buy a ticket to alta or
snowbird. The grandeur peak and mount aire wildnerness was probably only
accessible by foot before, so that part is not a huge effect now, but it will
insure that we don't see a hotel, ski resort or atv trail up there soon. There
is still plenty of developable land in Utah. The central wasatch is very unique
for being mountainous wilderness so close to a city. We should preserve it.
watershed exists only when percipitation percolates into the ground - not runoff
from asphalt roads and structures - UT is a tourist state - what person from a
busy city wants to come to another busy city and look at the mountains covered
with homes out of the price range of most persons. Think of the times that a
person has used local, state or federal preserved lands for a minimal cost -
UTAH needs to preserve and enhance the open spaces and flora and fauna (live
creatures) that exist. If UTAH continues to improve this land use, what a
wonderful place to vacation and what an income for the state - which brings us
to another subject, the closing of streams and rivers by Gov Herbert - when
persons purchse lands w/rivers and stream running through it, they tacitly agree
to preserve and protect - sort of like joining the military.
You people need to WAKE UP AND SEE WHAT DEVASTATING DECISIONS YOU ARE MAKING
THAT HAVE A PERMANENT DAMAGING EFFECT ON UTAH'S EXQUISITE LAND. WHY DO YOU
THINK THE PIONEERS CHOSE THIS PLACE IN THE BEGINNING?YOU ARE SO BUSY BEING
SELFISH GLUTTONS OF PLEASURE, YOU HAVE MANY SKI RESORTS WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY
TO DO YOU RECREATIONAL WHATEVER THAT DOESN'T RUIN THE LAND. LOOK WHAT YOU'VE
DONE TO BEAUTIFUL PARK CITY? for the love of money you destroyed and put your
incredible huge houses when it was great just how GOD made it in the
beginning.I fought against UTAH POWER AND LIGHT to make them bury
the electrical poles when they wanted to build them over the residential homes
and elementary school when I (being a nurse) researched and found documentation
to prove that this would give our kids LEUKEMIA. GUESS WHAT MY GIRL FRIEND AND
I FOUGHT AGAINST ALL OF THE UTAH POWER & LIGHT ATTORNEYS and we
WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAYOR DOLAN ASSISTED ME I AM GREATLY DISAPPOINTED THAT HE
HAS CHOSEN TO SELL HIS SOLE FOR THIS RIDICULOUS IDEA!!! I will fight this to
the death of it. YOU CRAZY SELFISH ILL THINKING, IRRATIONAL PEOPLE!!!!!!