Utah panel wants Legislature to review local proposals for federal lands designations

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  • Red Smith , 00
    Feb. 11, 2019 8:19 a.m.

    HB78 is a good bill. And seems to come from the $8 shady Mountain Accord beguiled the Legislature out of $5.6 million to lobby for more federal control of Utah's land.

    Utah's land policies should be consistent. It confused Congress when Mountain Accord and the Central Wasatch Commission showed up asking for more federal control of Utah's land at the same time Utah asks for less federal control of Utah.

    Ralph Becker and Central Wasatch Commission are seeking new federal control of 79,000 acres in the canyons.

    Becker's creating California forest policies in Utah with CWC is fundamentally bad land policy. Forests without road, grazing, timbering, toilets, drinking water, and fire hydrants are dangerous to human life, wildlife, and property. California wildfire caused PG&E to bankrupt, so why is Becker's CWC pushing for these California forest policies for Utah.

    An economic issue of HB78 is Utah's $1 Billion ski industry. 94% of Big Cottonwood Canyon is for non-paying users. 6% for paying users. Why is CWC using federal laws to lock down the canyon forever at 6% for ski resorts?

    We need HB78 to control Utah's messaging on land policy.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 25, 2019 7:51 p.m.

    Utah usually leads the nation in wacky legislation when it comes to religion. Now it seems to be exploitation of Federal lands. Utah signed a deal ceding lands to the federal government, in order to become a State. They can't renege now.