Wait before designating half the state as wilderness area

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I' m glad I'm not the only one who finds this letter obtuse and pointless. It would be great if the writer could offer some clarification and if the D-News would stick to publishing letters from people who have a valid point to make.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 9:58 a.m.


    Come again?

    I didn't understand this letter at all.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    The most ambitious serious wilderness proposal I am familiar with was the 5.7 million acre proposal of about twenty years ago. This accounted for about 10.5% of the total area of the state. Even it got pared down to about 3.2 million acres in the political wrangling and has still not passed. Any proposal for more than 10% wilderness is sheer fantasy.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Put me down as extremely skeptical of the writer's claim that the Wilderness Society is seriously proposing designating half of the state as federal wilderness. Can he back it up with any evidence?

    Taking the claim at face value, it would mean designating as wilderness every acre of national park, monument, recreation area, national forest, Hill AFB, the Wendover test range, and wildlife refuge (22.4% of the state) plus two-thirds of all the BLM land. Or, alternatively, all of the BLM land and about half of the Forest Service land. It ain't gonna happen. There is not enough land of wilderness quality, there is no intent by environmentalists to propose such a thing, and there is no political will to support it. The writer is better off focusing his fears on more probable threats, such as pink unicorn invasions. He might try independently verifying facts, too.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 31, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    Is this letter supposed to make some kind of sense?