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Keep Moab Open
I found this on PNW Jeep, Naxja, Those Guy's Offroad. Please send the emails and sign the petitions. We need everyone’s help to save some of the most pristine trails in the USA. Any questions contact me at email@example.com or shoot me a PM.
This is a list (see attachment) of companies that all signed a petition sent to the president to close canyon lands in moab to 4x4's. There is also a petition to sign that is countering their petition and asks the president to keep land open for all tax payer not just a select few.
Those Guy's Offroad:
Folks, this is very simple to do.... so do it!
Urge your Members to Oppose Efforts to Lock Up Enormous Tracts of Public Lands
Earlier this week non-motorized recreation groups joined a number of Utah businesses on a letter to President Obama urging him to designate 1.4 million acres of public lands in Utah as a National Monument. The letter stated, ?Federal land use plans inappropriately open scenic and undeveloped land to drilling and mining and fail to address exploding off-road vehicle use that is damaging riparian areas, cultural sites, soils and solitude? (emphasis added). Of course the letter fails to note that a recent management plan was put in place for the area that is supported by local governments and limits motorized and non-motorized activities to routes that have been subject to environmental analysis and public involvement. Further, the letter from non-motorized organizations cites an economic impact study that shows ?that outdoor recreation is ?an overlooked economic giant,? generating $646 billion in national sales and services in 2011 and supporting 6.1 million jobs...? Again, they are telling only part of the story. The same study shows that approximately $257 billion or nearly 40% of the total $646 billion in economic impact is derived from motorized recreation. And, as you know, motorized recreation is far too often shut out of National Monument areas.
ARRA and our partners are pushing back. Click here to view a response letter signed by 14 national organizations representing responsible motorized recreation. This letter is a start, but we need your help to ensure that the President understands that effective land management is best achieved through deliberative local processes that engage all stakeholders ? not through Administrative fiat.
Please click the Take Action link to send an email to the President opposing this and other massive, inappropriate designations of National Monuments. It is important for motorized recreation enthusiasts all across the country to weigh in as today anti-access organizations have targeted Utah, but tomorrow it may be your state.
NAXJA pretty much the same stuff with some different web sites.
Received this from SEMA. Little more on the Utah land issues.
Thankfully Utah's congressmen are opposing it.
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 12:46 PM
Subject: RE: HOUSE LEADERSHIP: Utah Republicans oppose 1.4M-acre Canyonlands monument
PUBLIC LANDS: Utah Republicans oppose 1.4M-acre Canyonlands monument
Phil Taylor, E&E reporter
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012
Utah's Republican lawmakers are opposing a proposal by conservationists and an outdoor industry group for President Obama to designate a national monument around Canyonlands National Park, arguing that such designations should be vetted by the public and carried out by Congress.
But conservation groups in Utah said they have been calling for the Bureau of Land Management to initiate a public comment process to protect the area since March 2011.
At issue is a proposal to turn 1.4 million acres of mesas, plateaus and canyons surrounding Canyonlands into a monument where off-highway vehicle use; uranium, potash and oil sands mining; and oil and gas drilling would be restricted.
The Outdoor Industry Association on Tuesday said it hopes to be a "catalyst" for broader discussion of a monument, arguing that the long-term economic benefits of conservation far outweigh any short-term gains from developing the lands for resource extraction (E&ENews PM, Nov. 13). In a gridlocked Congress, the president should use the Antiquities Act to immediately protect the area, they argued.
But Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz in a letter to the president yesterday said congressionally authorized land-use proposals are more accountable and transparent to the public. In addition, resource extraction is an important economic driver in Utah and can be balanced with the preservation of open space, they said.
"We strongly urge the rejection of the most recent -- and all future -- petitions for national monument designations by presidential decree," they wrote.
Greater Canyonlands is one of several areas conservation advocates are targeting for potential monument designations during Obama's second term.
While such designations can curtail energy development and motorized access -- sparking accusations of "land grabs" by some Westerners -- supporters point to research suggesting national monuments improve quality of life and attract tourists, retirees and high-wage earners.
Still, monument proposals are politically dicey in Utah, a state that has vowed to "take back" federal lands and where many still seethe from President Clinton's 1996 designation of the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Bishop's office acknowledged the economic benefits from recreation on public lands but said a large portion of the revenue comes from motorized off-highway vehicles and mountain bikes, both of which are prohibited in wilderness areas.
In their March 2011 petition to protect the Canyonlands area, the Grand Canyon Trust, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association and Natural Resources Defense Council asked BLM to temporarily close about 1,050 miles of primitive routes in the region while it studies the effects off-highway vehicles have on soil erosion, loss of native plant and animal life, degradation of air and water quality, damage to archaeological sites and impacts to nonmotorized visitors.
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