Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, has introduced legislation to permit the Bureau of Land Management to trade federal lands elsewhere for private holdings within the boundaries of Camp Williams. An aide to Garn said there were four parcels totaling 798 acres of private land inside the camp that the National Guard has used or trespassed upon for years.
The measure, co-sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, would direct the BLM to make value-for-value land trades with the private owners, despite a lawsuit brought against such swaps by the National Wildlife Federation.
The NWF suit has blocked all land exchanges, but the Federation lost in a federal district court and has appealed. The Garn bill would allow the Camp Williams trade no matter what happened to that appeal.
"The military really shouldn't be using these private lands," Garn said through a spokesman.