A New Land Grab?

November 11, 2014

San Rafael Swell(Emery County) Some says it’s a major land grab of federal land by Utah. Emery County and Utah State Parks leaders are collaborating on a plan to designate about one-tenth of the San Rafael Swell — 130,000 acres — as a new “heritage” park linked to an expansion of Goblin Valley State Park. The change would shift management of the area from the federal Bureau of Land Management to the state. And for the first time, Utahns would have to pay entrance fees at the Swell. Emery County officials insist the idea is about protecting a valuable resource and its traditional uses as visitation to the unique geological formation explodes.

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