Places Threatened by the "No More Wilderness" Settlement

Late in the evening on April 11, 2003, the Interior Department entered into a settlement agreement with former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt in which Bush Interior Secretary Norton committed to never again allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to designate Wilderness Study Areas on the public lands it manages. This agreement strips away special protections for millions of acres of pristine lands in Utah, leaving them vulnerable to development that could permanently disqualify them from future wilderness designation. This album shows some of the wild places now threatened by this short-sighted policy.

Specifically, the "No More Wilderness" settlement:

* Rescinds BLM authority to conduct wilderness inventories and establish new Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in any state;

* Revokes the Wilderness Inventory Handbook, which guided BLM land managers in adequately inventorying and reviewing wilderness quality lands and their consideration for enhanced protection;
and

* Repudiates the comprehensive 1999 statewide BLM re-inventory of Utah's public lands, specifically barring the agency from using the information to designate new WSAs or protect the wilderness characteristics of wilderness quality lands.

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Dirty Devil
Dirty Devil

Dirty Devil
Dirty Devil

Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods

Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods

Upper Red Canyon
Upper Red Canyon

Red Desert
Red Desert

Red Desert
Red Desert

Indian Creek
Indian Creek

San Juan River
San Juan River

Comb Ridge
Comb Ridge

Factory Butte
Factory Butte

Factory Butte
Factory Butte

Labyrinth Canyon
Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon
Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon
Labyrinth Canyon

Upper Desolation Canyon
Upper Desolation Canyon

Desolation Canyon
Desolation Canyon

Lockhart Basin
Lockhart Basin

Muddy Creek
Muddy Creek

Upper Muddy Creek
Upper Muddy Creek

Fiddler Butte
Fiddler Butte

Upper Kanab Creek
Upper Kanab Creek

Wild Horse Mesa
Wild Horse Mesa

Sids Mountain
Sids Mountain

Mussentuchit Badlands
Mussentuchit Badlands

Pilot Peak
Pilot Peak

Silver Island Mountains
Silver Island Mountains

Happy Canyon
Happy Canyon

Wingate Mesa
Wingate Mesa


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