Utah counties file lawsuits against BLM over RS2477 roads

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  • Bill Vernal, UT
    May 7, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    "We've left some roads out we don't think are justified." In my 35 years in the Uintah Basin I've rarely heard of this kind of, shall we say balance, from our oil and gas advocating county commissioners. I think that along with this statement, and equally true would be this one from the commissioner. We will file an RS 2477 claim on any set of jeep tracks we think can thwart any Wilderness designation in Uintah and Duchesne Counties.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    May 5, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    I wholeheartedly support maintaining the roads and our rights to them and having access to all land within our state. The fed has no purpose for preventing such access via pre-existing roads and, indeed, has no true right to attempt to do so. More power to the state and counties and more freedom to the people! May we all enjoy - and take care of - all the land within our state boundaries.

  • dogchow1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    If these are "roads to nowhere" why would they be so concerned about them. I thought environmentalists were trying to protect important and scenic wilderness areas, not to block access to every inch of government land in Utah where there has been access for years. This appears to be their endgame.

  • Joane Pappas White Price, Utah
    May 5, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    The lawsuits to reclaim our roads are important steps in Taking Back Utah! Many county roads were wrongfully closed to our citizens and our public uses due to misrepresentations that land with roads and human history was properly included in wilderness/wilderness study areas. We were far too trusting of the motives of those who were pushing wilderness on us in the 1970s. In fact, we were far too trusting on the issue of what wilderness even was! We were in national park mode -- building Zions, Canyonlands, etc., all places where people could drive with their families of all ages and recreate. We were led like sheep to slaughter on the issue of wilderness by special interest groups whose real agenda was to lock us out of our public lands.

    Thirty-five years later, wilderness/WSA designation has excluded our seniors, our children and our disabled citizens from participation in our public lands. It has also deprived our state of its resources and our local economies of much needed revenue. The first step in taking control of our own destiny is regain or secure public access to our public lands.

    JOane Pappas White
    Attorney at Law
    Price, Utah