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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Congressmen Urge BLM To Ban OHV Use On Southern Utah Land

93 members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter sent Tuesday to the BLM, urging the federal government to block off-highway vehicle use in some of Utah's most remote lands, citing the cultural and archaeological treasures that might be damaged.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the letter. Here are excerpts:

The letter comes from New York Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey and Illinois GOP Reps. Timothy Johnson and Mark Kirk. All but four of the 93 signatories are Democrats, 27 come from Western states, and 14 of them are on the House Natural Resources Committee, which has oversight over the BLM.

"I don't presume to set transportation policy for Chicago or New York," said Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah. "So I would appreciate my colleagues - none of whom are from Utah - not trying to protect Utah from Utahns."

"It is a national treasure, not just a Utah treasure," said Phil Bloomer, spokesman for Johnson. "It is not a provincial issue."


Read the complete article.

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