Utah's state lands managers have passed a resolution criticizing the plan of Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, to introduce a wilderness bill in Congress soon.

State Lands and Forestry Board members did not name Owens directly, but attacked "certain parties" who they say are ignoring the democratic process by introducing bills to have larger areas taken out of multiple use and placed in wilderness designations without adequate public comment.Owens has not introduced his bill, but he has said he intends to submit one before long to designate 5.1 million acres as wilderness.

"We are disturbed by these attempts and feel that these `end runs' show a disregard for the process," said Roger Peart, board chairman. "We think a balanced assessment of wilderness, taking into account revenue generation from trust lands and other multiple-use values, using the established process, is essential."