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PUBLIC LANDS — The Outdoor Industry Association and more than 100 outdoor-related businesses are asking President Barack Obama to designate 1.4 million acres of federal wildlands surrounding Canyonlands National Park as a national monument, according to a report by Brett Prettyman of the Salt Lake Tribune.
The group is sending a letter to the president today asking for the protective designation.
The Greater Canyonlands area includes geologic landmarks such as Labyrinth Canyon, Indian Creek, White Canyon, Fiddler Butte, Robbers Roost, Lockhart Basin and the Dirty Devil River, the story says.
The area is under increasing pressure from what monument proponents say is off-road-vehicle abuse, proposed mining and oil and gas development.
The OIA is the retailers group that brings to Utah its annual summer and winter markets, the state’s largest conventions, which draw more than 46,000 visitors and $42.5 million annually to the local economy.
For months OIA has been at odds with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert over the state’s bid to reclaim more than 30 million acres of federally-controlled public lands. If it succeeds, Utah plans to sell or lease some of that land for development.
PUBLIC LANDS — Ranchers continue to cow the federal governement from expanding the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which eased under the national spotlight in the past two decades along with interest in the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The head of the federal Bureau of Land Management returned to Montana on Monday with a message similar to the one he delivered to ranchers a year ago: No new national monuments.
As part of a tour of rural communities across the West, BLM director Bob Abbey met with about 20 ranchers still upset over the creation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument by former President Bill Clinton more than a decade ago.
Ranchers noted that the monument had not substantially changed their operations, but noted that efforts of environmental groups to curtail grazing on monuments is a constant worry to them.
Read on for details from the Associated Press report.
PUBLIC LANDS — The seemingly rentless grip of snow on the high country is giving way.
Road No. 25 on the east side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will be open from Pine Creek to Randle by Friday.
Paul Seitz of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest said the snow will be cleared by Thursday, then crews will turn their attention on road No. 99 leading to Windy Ridge.
“We'll start pushing through the 99 by Friday,'' Seitz said. “There is still a lot of snow up there and who knows what kind of damage we’ll find as we work our way in.”
Many secondary roads remain closed by lingering snow.
“In my 21 years on this forest, this is the latest opening we've ever had,'' said Ron Freeman, GPNF public services manager.