Former Interior Secy Blasts Utah Land Plan

August 18, 2014

sLalazr(Salt Lake CIty)- A states’ rights, public lands movement with its genesis in Utah was blasted by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Thursday as an effort that threatens to undo the successes of American conservation policy. Salazar told a public lands meeting in Salt Lake via teleconference, “This would roll back 100 years of public lands progress this would cause Teddy Roosevelt to roll over in his grave” Sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, the law is at the center of a movement that has gained political traction among Utah’s neighbors and sympathetic support from critics who say the federal government has too much control in the West. The effort seeks transfers of vast swaths of Forest Service and BLM lands into state or private control, generating revenue that would support cash-strapped public school systems.

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