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Original Action Alert:
Support Collaboratively Developed Public Lands Legislation Instead of Top Down National Monument Designations!
On Wednesday, January 20, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) unveiled the first draft of the Utah Public Lands Initiative. This release follows three years, 1,200 meetings and consideration of 65 detailed proposals. This draft is intended to be just that – a draft. Comments, suggestions and recommendations will continue to be accepted and considered by the bill sponsors. The draft represents a compromise that includes many important provisions that boost recreation, land conservation, economic development, and certainty in eastern Utah communities. Please visit www.UtahPLI.com to view the draft language, maps, and other summaries regarding the draft Utah PLI Act.
The release of the draft provides a great opportunity for all ARRA members to remind the Administration that truly collaborative public lands management processes take time, commitment and dedication. Too often the Administration seems willing to hold a public meeting or two in an area then designate a massive swath of nearby public lands as a National Monument and all but eliminate the opportunity for meaningful local public involvement. The Utah Public Lands Initiative serves as a shining example of collaboration, hard work and compromise.
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