Urge Representative Matheson to Oppose Efforts to Severely Curtail Access to the Greater Canyonlands!

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Urge Representative Matheson to Oppose Efforts to Severely Curtail Access to the Greater Canyonlands!

Earlier this week non-motorized recreation groups joined a number of Utah businesses on a letter to President Obama urging him to designate 1.4 million acres of the Greater Canyonlands in Utah as a National Monument. The letter stated, “Federal land use plans inappropriately open scenic and undeveloped land to drilling and mining and fail to address exploding off-road vehicle use that is damaging riparian areas, cultural sites, soils and solitude” (emphasis added). Of course the letter fails to note that a recent management plan was put in place for the area that is supported by local governments and limits motorized and non-motorized activities to routes that have been subject to environmental analysis and public involvement. Further, the letter from non-motorized organizations cites an economic impact study that shows “that outdoor recreation is ‘an overlooked economic giant,’ generating $646 billion in national sales and services in 2011 and supporting 6.1 million jobs…” Again, they are telling only part of the story. The same study shows that approximately $257 billion or nearly 40% of the total $646 billion in economic impact is derived from motorized recreation. And, as you know, motorized recreation is far too often shut out of National Monument areas.

Most of Utah’s Congressional delegation has already responded. Click here to view a letter from Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz urging the President to reject this, and all, petitions for National Monument designation by presidential decree.

Please click the Take Action link below to send an email urging Representative Jim Matheson to oppose this designation as well.

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2 Replies to “Urge Representative Matheson to Oppose Efforts to Severely Curtail Access to the Greater Canyonlands!”

  1. John Remakel says:

    Rep. Matheson,
    Please don’t let the wilderness radicals to place more land into a closed status. I enjoy being able to travel to those areas that
    should remain accessible to everyone. We all need a place to recreate in the beautiful Canyonlands of eastern Utah. Thanks!

    John Remakel
    461 Marcus Ct.
    Moab, UT 84532

    e-mail jremakel@emerytelcom.net

  2. Cynthia Smith says:

    There is enough area that is designated “nonaccess” in our state. All being done by people who have no vested interest other than “because they can”.

    This request in being made to prevent drilling and mining of the nataural rescources which are available there to help make our country more self-supporting. Also, Mr. Obama does not support oil or coal poroduction. He mistakeingly believes the Nation can be powered by wind, sun, geothermal, gas from corn,…..? All these alternate methods for producing energy are inconsistent and very expensive.

    In all the talk about the shutting down of coal mines and oil production, I have not heard any mention of the people who’s jobs would be lost. What is the plan for reemployment the thousands of lost jobs?

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