Originally Posted by caverdan
I applaud Utah for taking this step to reopen their lands to the public. Thanks for posting the article, Phillip.
Utah does have a history of going against/not listening to the feds.
Maybe more states will follow suit.
To each their own I suppose. If their goals align with yours more power to ya. That said, evidence points at something more complex:
For me, the irony with the San Juan commissioner's actions.....he supports continuing the shutdown but wants the lands open. Cake and eat it too?
In reality, Utah being Tea Party central, I think the government shutdown, being a vocalized goal all along by my states representatives, is just one step in another move to repeat the SageBrush rebellion. Utah has spent that last few years passing symbolic legislation that has no federal merit but I think it has been done to lay the groundwork for right now. Slow and steady.
Works if you think federal lands should be handed over the states. Not a good sign for those of us who prefer federal ownership. I have read environment history for the region and support the reasons the feds stepped into conserve and protect.
All of this talk about "our" lands, poaching, etc ignores the very recent human history in the region. And for anybody that wants the agency lands to be unaffected by these shutdowns needs to understand their are attainable legal ways to achieve those ends but it doesn't involved the lazy fights like we see with the county. It means changing specific laws and possibly amending the Constitution (which makes it clear the fed can't spend $$ beyond what is budgeted), neither of which are short term or easy goals.
Though, one caveat, if the feds did close Hwy 276 (alot of rumor out there) then I believe they are in the wrong. Every other national park is keeping state highways open and the ferry is funded largely by state funds. Not sure why they would have closed it down. Opening Lake Powell.....bogus and not founded in law. So the "their land" comment is right only to a small level as anything beyond the highway and ferry are federal jurisdiction.