Um...Could it be because we have so many parks already?How about
spending per park? That would be a better study since Utah is just Fed light
when it comes to land ownership.
@icecreamghost - from what I read the convention decided to leave for more
reasons than just the state's stance...and demanded a ton from the state
just to stay. While it was nice to host that (and help it grow into what it is
today) we're better off without it.@icecream - I'll agree
with you that I really dislike visiting the parks now. We hit Arches hard
starting back in 2007 and had the place to ourselves in early April that year.
We spent nearly 2 hours at Sand Dune Arch and didn't see a soul. A return
visit last year, same time of year, found at least 100 people at the same spot.
We nearly bought a second home in Moab because of that trip, now we rarely go to
Clearly these numbers are false. Gov Herbert and the other (r)s in Utah
convinced us all the protecting public lands never bring people, their money, or
jobs to these beautiful areas. Bears Ears NM will never bring jobs.
I've noticed the crowds getting bigger and bigger every year - to the point
where I fantasize about the days where you could have a lot of the park to
yourself if you came at the right time of year! National and state parks are a
great asset and if well managed will bring money into the local communities.@1Reader - As a person from California, I highly doubt you know
how much the outdoor retailer show impacted Utah. The biggest injury from
that whole outdoor retailers show debacle was that Utah gave off the impression
that we don't care about our wild lands and are eager to lease it out
parcel by parcel to the highest bidder. Our reputation as an outdoorsman state
was hurt and will take time to recover. Utah needs to appreciate the wealth we
have and preserve it so that the next generation of Americans can see the great
beauties of the west.
That's so very much more than the Outdoor Retailers Show--which hardly
contributed to bringing these visitors.
This is a great case for Bears Ears.
These people by a lot gas in Utah. Would increasing the gas tax a few cents a
gallon be a good idea?