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Misty Snow on Environment

 

 


Keep public lands open: federal control instead of state

We must keep public lands open. I stand with the 71% of Utahns that support the designation of Bears Ears National Monument. Not only would the Bears Ears Proposal protect almost 2 million acres of land sacred to many Tribes, but it would also stimulate the economy in the surrounding areas.

The president has the authority to designate national monuments, and I support his use of it to protect Bears Ears. The state legislature does not have the resources to care for the lands of which they are trying to gain control. They only want to gain control of this land so that it can be sold to private hands, which would end public access to this land forever.

Our legislators could be standing with Native American Tribes, small business owners, and the majority of Utahns. Instead they have chosen to file a frivolous $14 million bound-to-fail lawsuit against the federal government to try to gain control over these lands. Their actions are both unethical and fiscally irresponsible.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website MistyKSnow.com , Aug 8, 2016

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