Watching Government: Challenging 'wild lands' policy

Nick SnowWashington EditorLocal Utah political leaders formally challenged US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar's decision to reestablish the so-called "wild lands" policy at the US Bureau of Land Management with a lawsuit filed on Mar. 22 in federal district court for Utah."The suit challenges the Obama administration's policy to convert 3-6 million areas of nonwilderness study area BLM lands into a new classification called lands with wilderness characteristics," explained J. Mark Ward, senior policy analyst with the Utah Association of Counties in Salt Lake City. The association and the Uintah County government filed the action."It's happening in a de facto, case-by-ca...

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