The Emery County Public Land Management Act originally sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. John Curtis, has just passed in the Senate as part of a public lands package in S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. In a recent turn of events, the bill was amended to include Labyrinth Canyon, Muddy Creek, Desolation Canyon and other Utah wild lands — 663,000 acres of additional Utah wilderness. The bill also designates about 60 miles of the Green River as wild and Scenic and facilitates a trade of state lands out of wilderness and recreation areas.
This bill is a boon to the 64% of Utahns who consider themselves conservationists. It helps protect the recreational opportunities and natural beauty of Utah’s wilderness that 67% of Utahns say are significant reasons why they live in the West.
The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives. Let’s help it get across the finish line!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Call Rep. Curtis and thank him for his hard work to enact this great bill!
- Call your U.S. rep (if other than Rep. Curtis) and ask them to support the Emery County Public Land Management Act.
- Thank Sen. Romney for helping to pass the land bill. Sen. Mitt Romney voted in favor of the land bill, while Sen. Mike Lee voted against (read more). Thank Sen. Romney by calling his DC office at 202-224-5251.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC)
US Capitol switchboard: (202)-225-3121
Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.
Read more about the land bill in this Deseret News article.