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Bears Ears Wilderness, Utah

There is a recent movement to move public lands ownership from the Federal Government to the States. The intent is to actually privatize much of that land. What was once a fringe issue actually became part of the Republican Platform and is being advanced, in particular, by Utah politicians. They are getting significant push back from a variety of sources. See Chouinard and Metcalf's editorials below but, also, the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

This issue could easily get lost in the current craziness. We who love the outdoors need to keep that from happening. We urge everyone to get informed and then use your social media influence to help get the word out. We'll try and use our mailing list to keep folks informed. You can join that in the upper left of the page.

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Boycotting Utah: The Utah Revolt:

    OR is leaving SLC, Utah: Outdoor Industry, Governor Herbert Disagree on Public Lands Protections, Utah’s Recreation Economy 
    And Interbike isn't going there:  When Outdoor Retailer left, Salt Lake City also lost chance to host cycling convention

Other Outdoor Industry Association policy posts:

The latest: 
    The Outdoor Industry Association is optimistic about working with new Secretary of the Interior, Zinke. You can find out a bit about him in a recent post of theirs including a link to let him know your concerns. I find their Weekly Newsletter quite helpful. 

Organizations (in addition to the OIA):


It's ironic that one of the things targeted in this play for public land is the Antiquities Act of 1906, one of Teddy Roosevelt's signature accomplishments. This recent attack on public lands is a weird turn.

Background and coverage - Pacific Standard's Jimmy Tobias:

    Awash In Dark Money, A Western Think Tank Is Leading The Charge Against The Antiquities Act

Background and coverage - other:

    THIS LAND WAS YOUR LAND: Why the battle over public lands is one sportsmen must win

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Gail Ann Williams's picture
Joined: 08/27/12
Southern Utah Wilderness

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is asking for help protecting the new Bears Ears monument.

Meanwhile Utah tourism (not sure of the agency) is running a lot of vacation ads about the outdoor charms of Moab on Bay Area TV. If anybody knows the contact for those running the ads I'd write them as an outdoors tourist rather than writing a representative of Utah voters, probably. Any clues?

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Joined: 02/22/12
I added the organization onto

I added the organization onto the resources list. Not sure about local ads.

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