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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, April 25, 2005

Red Rock Wilderness Battle is Hot Again

A bill now before Congress would bring federal wilderness designation to 9.5 million acres in southern Utah - the latest incarnation of a battle that has been raging since 1989. The current bill was introduced by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y. and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., with 151 co-sponsors.

Virtually everyone agrees some places in southern Utah merit wilderness protection. The debate is over just where to draw the lines. Wilderness designation would mean major changes in outdoor recreation, with less opportunity for motorized activities.

These recent news articles provide perspectives on the issue:
Red Rock bill gets another chance in Congress
Red Rock Wilderness Act is again under scrutiny in Congress
Wheels vs. Wilderness
Advocate leads the charge for Utah's off-road riders
ATVs bring big bucks to rural economies

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