Utah lawmakers want more access to public lands

Utah lawmakers want more access to public lands

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is well known for its national parks, but they only make up a fraction of the state’s public lands — and some state lawmakers are saying that those public lands should be open for people to enjoy.

The Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) held its first public meeting on Friday at the Utah State Capitol. The non-profit group discussed why they think it’s important for the Federal Government to make more public land available for use. FIRM also said that it hopes to bring D.C. law makers to Utah to show them how much land is actually available.

“They will see that integrated use is the best way to protect these lands. Not putting up gates and keeping the land unused and untamed,” said Johnny Miller, the Executive Director of FIRM.

Members of FIRM said their goals are to do research and educate people on public land use. They also said they’re committed to taking legal action if the federal government oversteps its bounds.

Current and former Utah Senate members and county commissioners attended the meeting. FIRM said it plans to expand to other western states in the coming months to get Washington lawmakers’ attention.

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