Congressional bill S2834, a measure providing sale of public lands, is an improvement on a similar bill that was defeated last year. But it is still seriously flawed. The Southern Utah Wilderness Association opposes this bill.

The bill provides for the sale of 9,000 acres of BLM land in Washington County, currently under the protection of the Red Rock Wilderness Act. According to the local Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 200,000 acres of private land available. SUWA is not opposed to the development of private land. It just wants to save some land for wilderness.

The bill provides that money from the sale of these lands will be diverted from conservation to development. In other words, private developers will profit at the expense of taxpayers.

There are foxes in the chicken coop. If we want to save our eggs, we must get the foxes out.

Leon Johnson

Salt Lake City