A Major Battle Shaping Up over Bishop Lands Bill

Canyonlands(Blanding) A planned Tuesday Public Meeting in Blanding on the Bishop Lands Bill is shaping up into a battle between Environmentalists and a number of San Juan County Residents. Apparently a letter from Teri Martin of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, or SUWA has led to the firestorm.  In her letter, Martin urged San Juan County Residents to oppose the three land use alternatives proposed by the Lands Commission of the San Juan County Commission. SUWA is proposing a much more restrictive plan that Martin says in her letter, would include more wilderness and close some roads that conflict with wilderness.  She urges supports to flood the offices of Congressmen Bishop and Chavez and the county commission with letters supporting the SUWA plan…and to attend the public meeting on the plan, Tuesday at 7pm in USU Arts and Events Center in Blanding. A group of San Juan Residents has posted on social media a notice urging SUWA opponents to tell Congressman Bishop to trash the entire idea of compromise since environmentalist don’t seem to want to compromise. Members of the group say they would support a plan for state takeover of the lands.

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