Environment & Public Lands
5:58 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Utah Democrats Push for Protection of Greater Canyonlands

Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis introduces his joint resolution calling for protection of Utah's greater canyonlands.
Credit Brian Grimmett

Democratic State Lawmakers are calling the federal government to protect and preserve Utah’s greater canyonlands.  

On the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, State Senator and Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis sought to preserve one the state’s natural treasures. He introduced Senate Joint Resolution 10 that seeks public comment on how to protect the greater canyonlands.

“We are very very open to what kind of protection should be built and we’re very very open to a full, complete, absolute public input process that will lead to the protection of this great treasure,” said Dabakis.

Democratic Representative Patrice Arent is the House sponsor of the bill.

“We are calling on congress and trough this resolution and the president to protect greater canyonlands to make sure that this is not lost in the process, that we make a difference,” said Arent.

Nearly half a million people visit Canyonlands National Park and the surrounding areas each year.