Wilderness advocates deliver public lands petition to Gov. Herbert

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  • Bill Vernal, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    Ally Isom thinks the Governor's efforts to wrest control of America's Public lands have been "mischaracterized." Really? I don't think so.

    Allowing the National Parks and National Monuments to "remain" under Federal control and protection may be a noble offer in the minds of Utah legislators and policy makers. But...

    The lands in question have been managed, protected and paid for by all Americans for the past 150 years, give or take a few. Many remain in a undisturbed natural condition. Others are very scenic, an observation I'm sure has not been lost on a Governor with an eye for real estate.

  • KatFitz27 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    Governor Herbert's and Utah politicians' greedy, short-sighted attempt to steal public lands from the American people is irresponsible and illegal. Irresponsible? I didn't see any allocation in the state budget to fight the fires on federal lands this summer. In fact, the state was only too happy to accept federal help in fighting fires on state lands. And of course, illegal. We'll just waste millions in funds that could have gone to public schools to bring lawsuits that will tell us the attempt is illegal.

  • JumpingMouse Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    Thank you, wilderness advocates! Placing Utah's public lands in the hands of people like Governer Herbert is a very bad idea. We need to keep our wildlands as far away from greedy corporate purposes as possible. The federal government, though not having a great record of protecting lands from corporations, is not as likely to be swayed by monetary arguments. Again, thanks! Wildlands should not be exploited and I fear that is precisely what would occur if the reins are given over to Herbert.

  • Sidemeat Green River, WY
    Sept. 13, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    You are right in one respect. I am not from Utah. I'm from Wyoming. But i'm an American and I own those public lands just as much as you do. Just as you own Wyoming public lands as well. So i don't appreciate you acting like non-Utah residents opinions don't matter.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    This is a tough issue for me. On one hand, Utah and its economy is more like a colony than a state. On the other, our state government's demonstrated incompetence and corruption make it impossible to trust the state on development and land use issues.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    Again? Ignore the Feds violating law and constitution? Ignore legal access to private property?

    Will Herbert show some backbone, or cave in to this groups threats like the last 3 governors have done?

    Oh, and the Feds have been doing such as great job. It was Utah that sued to keep them from giving out drilling permits under Utah Lake. That was in 1976 and we won in 1987.

    It is the Feds giving up Utah's water to Nevada. It is the Feds allowing our forests to die.

    The Feds don't have the money anyway unless they borrow it from China.

    When Utah became a state, the Federal Government committed to selling the unappropriated public lands, extinguishing the title, and providing 5% of the proceeds of the sales to the State School Trust Fund.

    I believe it would be better to have the land transferred to Utah as public multi-use as opposed to requiring the Federal Government sell the land to developers or other countries like China.

    Just remember that was the proposal a year ago.

    There are two issues. The RS2477 road issue is long overdue to be resolved, and why, this group's threats.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    Subscriber, look at the big picture of this argument. Do we want Utah to remain a member of the united states or do we think its better to become and independent nation with no obligation to federal laws and regulations? Do we want 50 independent nations or do we want one nation and one central government overseeing all 50 states?

    If Utah and all its lands become independent from federal laws and rules then it also means Utah will not have to obey any federal laws nor will we be entitled to any federal funding for any reason. The governor is asking for a cessation from the union as an independent nation and that is not good for Utah or the country.

    A united nation means our state and land is joint unilateral ownership and joint use committed. A one for all and all for one nation where each has a voice in other states actions and laws and land use and environmental contamination. Public lands should remain public, not corporate property to shut down and close off if Herbert and other governors are collaborating to do.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    Dear Governor Herbert- Ignore the pleas from these protesters. You are doing the right think for Utahns, even if the environmental fringe does not agree. Most are not from Utah anyway.