Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visiting Utah as dispute over Wild Lands continues

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will meet publicly in Moab with elected officials still angry over a push to identify wilderness areas throughout the West. Salazar will make two stops in Utah Wednesday, beginning with a morning speech at Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal. Salazar will tour a wilderness study area near Moab before hosting a public meeting in the eastern Utah city late in the afternoon. Salazar plans to discuss the economic opportunities provided by conservation and outdoor recreation. Utah officials sued the Interior Department earlier this year because of a Wild Lands policy they feared would prohibit development and mining on millions of acres in the state. That lawsuit is still pending despite Salazar's suspension of the policy. AP

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