Petition Closed
Petitioning Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and 1 other

Protect Utah's Canyon Country for recreation and wildlife.

Utah's Grand and San Juan counties are home to Canyonlands and Arches National Park. The Bureau of Land Management and State Trust lands surrounding the Parks are utilized extensively for recreational activities. Local communities are dependent on these lands intact for tourism and recreation. If the gas, oil, and mineral leases from the BLM's Master Leasing Plan are approved, the resulting loss of rock formations,scenic views, archaeological sites, wildlife and wildlife habitat will be permanent. Additionally, if State Trust Lands are opened to development new access roads will cut though these public lands. Keep Utah's Canyon Country for recreation, tourism, outdoor education, and wildlife habitat. Keep energy development out of San Juan and Grand Counties.

Letter to
Secretary of Interior  Ken Salazar
Utah Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to:Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar and Utah's Governor Gary R. Herbert.

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Protect Utah's Canyon Country for recreation, tourism, and wildlife, not energy development.

Utah's Grand and San Juan counties are home to Canyonlands and Arches National Park. The Bureau of Land Management and State Trust lands surrounding the Parks are utilized extensively for recreational activities. Local communities are dependent on these lands intact for tourism and recreation. Oil, gas, and mineral exploration and development compromise the landscape and local economy . Over a million people visit Moab each year from around the world to:
*Jeep
*Mountain Bike
*Rock Climb
*White Water Raft
*Kayak
*Horseback Ride
*Hunt
*Visit the National and State Parks
*Hike through the canyons
*Study Geology, Botany, Wildlife, and History.
*Experience solitude.
If the gas, oil, and mineral leases from the BLM's Master Leasing Plan are approved, the resulting loss of rock formations,scenic views, archaeological sites, wildlife and wildlife habitat will be permanent. Additionally, if State Trust Lands are opened to development new access roads will cut though these public lands. In this desert, it takes over one hundred years for pinion pines and junipers to mature. The scarring from energy development will be present long after the oil wells are dry and the uranium is excavated. Reclamation does not exist here.
Keep Utah's Canyon Country for recreation, tourism, outdoor education, and wildlife habitat. Keep energy development out of San Juan and Grand Counties.

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Sincerely,