America's Red Rock Wilderness Act
Redrock wilderness enjoys a long and storied history of congressional support and action, both in defending Utah wilderness from attack and moving the ball forward on wilderness designation. America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives since 1989, first by then-Utah Rep. Wayne Owens, and subsequently by Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York, a close friend of the late Rep. Owens. In 1996, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois agreed to introduce a Senate version of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act and has done so every Congress since. It has enjoyed the widespread support of as many as 170 cosponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate.
America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act has served as a model and yardstick against which to compare other BLM wilderness proposals for Utah. Its national support in Congress has served to defeat or substantially improve deficient proposals for Washington County, the West Desert and the San Rafael Swell.
America's Redrock Wilderness