Does Utah need an eco-challenge?

  A California promoter of "Eco-Challenge: The Adventure Race" hopes to send up to 50 five-person teams running, biking, rafting, canoeing and riding horses through 300 miles of southeastern Utah's deserts next spring. MTV cameras and other media would document the 12-day race, which features environmental consciousness as its theme. State economic developers love the idea, reports AP; conservationists don't. "This proposal makes a missile drop look good," says Scott Groene, an attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Federal public-land managers have not decided whether to grant organizer Brian Terkelsen the necessary permits; in some cases an environmental assessment would be required since the proposed race course goes through wilderness study areas.

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