5.7, 5.7, 5.7 ...

  The rallying cry "5.7 million acres' has become well known in Utah as the amount of wilderness pushed by a coalition of environmental groups. But because the proposal for wilderness preservation on Bureau of Land Management land was created 10 years ago, says Kevin Walker, a staffer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, a fresh look was needed. This summer he began coordinating a survey by 100 volunteers of what's still wild in the state, what's been developed, and even what might have been originally missed. The good news is how "a few volunteers in a tiny movement did a good job of defense a decade ago," he says. Still, some areas were overlooked, a few boundaries need readjusting and some units need to be dropped. "There are lots of recreation impacts in Moab," he points out. Walker says a new citizens' proposal with more thorough documentation of an area's wilderness characteristics should be ready by September. For more information, call him at 801/486-3161.





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