Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's Washington County is the 5th fastest growing county in the US, and everyone involved agrees that a strategy is needed to manage that growth. Senator Bob Bennett and Congressman Jim Matheson are sponsoring a bill which designates 219,000 acres as wilderness area, and identifies BLM land for sale and for use as utility corridors, off-highway vehicle trails, and conservation areas. Environmentalists, however, are calling for more public discussion. Guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce talks to Bennett and Matheson, as well as Scott Groene from Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Washington County Commissioner James Eardley about strategies and compromise for growth.
- Washington County Growth and Conversation Act 2006
- Visit Washington County on-line.
- The Utah Wilderness Coalition is sponsoring a public hearing on the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act. The event will begin at 7:00, Thursday evening, June 29th at Westminster College. For more information, visit them on-line
- The Utah Shared Access Alliance will hold a rally Thursday, June 29th, in support of Bennett and Matheson's bill. They will gather at the Washington County Administration Building (197 E Tabernacle, St. George) at 6:00 p.m.