Victories for public lands!
Last week, members of the House Natural Resources Committee (chaired by Utah’s Rep. Rob Bishop) came together in a rare show of bipartisanship to pass the Restore Our Parks bill, which authorizes funding for national park maintenance and management, including $265 million in Utah (with $65 million for Zion National Park alone). The Committee also reauthorized funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a 50-year old fund that was set up to buy land near other federal tracts for preservation and recreation and provide maintenance for public land.
September 22 is National Public Lands Day
While Congress is showing agreement and strong bipartisan support for national parks and public lands, there are still some strong disagreements in Utah over certain public lands issues. However, Utahns are in strong agreement about some public lands issues:
- 84% of Utahns want to see greater access to public lands
- 84% of Utahns want to see more wind and solar development on public lands
- Only 24% of Utahns want to see more fossil fuel drilling and mining on public lands
Let’s work toward public lands policies that focus on our commonly held beliefs.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
- Ask our Senators to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) — funding must be authorized by the Senate before the September 30 deadline.
- Submit a comment to the BLM on management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase areas, including land held in the original monument plans to emphasize best management practices to improve and maintain public access and reduce fossil fuel and mining development. Click here to take action.
- Congressional District 1 members: Thank Rep. Rob Bishop for passing the Restore our Parks and Land & Water Conservation Fund bills in the House Natural Resources Committee, and remind him that you would like to see greater public access by keeping public lands public.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)