Land Council Chairman Bruce Wilson and Public Lands Director Ray Peterson gave recommendations Tuesday that led to Emery County Commissioners to vote to proceed with land use legislation.
The legislation concerns a project the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance started two-and-a-half years ago. SUWA is attempting to create wilderness and monument designations in Emery County.
вЂњThere will be wilderness in Emery County, or worse, restricted designations,вЂќ Peterson said. вЂњThis was taken with the idea of maintaining some control.вЂќ
Peterson said any changes would not effect grazing or recourse use, and it would not close any roads or trails. However, it would protect some resources like oil, gas, and mining opportunities.
вЂњWhat ever youвЂ™ve been able to do in the past, you will be able to do under this plan,вЂќ Peterson said. вЂњThe lands council made a promise to the public. When we have something to present to The Commission, we will bring it back to you and let you know.вЂќ
Public meetings to discuss the potential changes will be June 22 at Huntington Elementary, June 23 in the Ferron Multi Purpose Building, June 29 at the John Wesley Powell Museum, and June 30 at the old courthouse in Castle Dale.
Organizers have created a new page on the Emery County website where residents are encouraged to read about the process.