Tomorrow, America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, a bill that would designate more than 9 million acres of Utah public lands as wilderness, will be discussed in the Congressional Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. It would make about one-sixth of the entire state off-limits to development, drilling and motorized vehicles. Although Utah Congressman Wayne Owens originally introduced the bill twenty years ago, this will be its first congressional hearing ever. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Executive Director Scott Groene is in Washington, DC for tomorrow’s hearing. He spoke with KCPW’s Jeff Robinson about the future of the legislation.
SUWA just released a poll showing increased support for wilderness protection in Utah, with half of the respondents wanting nine million acres or more protected, 14 percent wanting no wilderness, and 19 percent undecided.
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