A liberal advocacy group blames Congress for blocking progress on national conservation efforts in a departure from a longstanding bipartisan tradition. Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar singles out U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, for being behind the lack of progress.
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) is hoping that a regional approach to resolving the status of public lands in Utah might work better than the county-by-county approach that's been tried before. Bishop has been meeting with local government leaders and representatives of environmental groups, hoping to work out a plan that he can get through Congress. He chairs the House Subcommittee on Public Lands. The plan, he says, is to designate lands for preservation as wilderness and lands where development and revenue would be the primary goal.
Howie Garber came to Utah to go to medical school and worked as an emergency room physician after he graduated from medical school in 1980. Through the years, he's taken thousands of photographs of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake County, and this month he's publishing many of them in a new book, Utah's Wasatch Range -- Four Season Refuge. Though the pictures are stunning, it's more than just a coffee table book.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment on a proposed land swap in the Skull Valley area of Utah's West Desert. It would trade about 14,000 acres, mostly near the town of Terra, for a similar acreage of private land in and around the Onaqui Mountains east of Dugway.
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance supports the trade. Field Director Ray Bloxham says this is an unspoiled area of the state.