Summary: This bill designates specified lands in the following areas of Utah as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) Great Basin, (2) Grand Staircase-Escalante, (3) Moab-La Sal Canyons, (4) Henry Mountains, (5) Glen Canyon, (6) San Juan-Anasazi, (7) Canyonlands Basin, (8) San Rafael Swell, and (9) Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin. (Cosponsors)
The bill sets forth administrative requirements for (1) the exchange of state-owned lands within such areas, (2) federal reservation of water rights, (3) measurement of setbacks for roads with adjacent wilderness, (4) authorized livestock grazing, and (5) withdrawal of such lands from disposition under certain public land laws.
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 06/11/20.
STATUS: Introduced 02/06/20 by Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- These lands, world famous for its twisting canyons and other unique geologic and biological features, are also replete with numerous archaeological sites. The Congressman’s legislation would give wilderness protection to these lands, ensuring they remain in their natural state in [HT1] perpetuity, allowing for hunting, fishing, and camping while precluding destructive industrial uses such as coal mining or oil and gas fracking.Wilderness is a permanent designation made by Congress under the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wilderness areas prohibit new road construction, motorized and mechanized vehicles, and bar activities like logging and mining.
“My bill will safeguard these wild, fragile, and special precious lands as well as important cultural sites. These national treasures belong to all Americans. It is our responsibility to ensure that our wild public lands remain wild and public from coast to coast, so that our children and grandchildren also may enjoy them.” (Source: Rep. Lowenthal, Press Release, 02/06/20)
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