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Contested Landscape: The Politics of Wilderness in Utah and by Doug Goodman, Daniel McCool

By Doug Goodman, Daniel McCool

CONTESTED panorama is a set of essays that body the wide-ranging passions and info of the political debate over wasteland concerns in Utah and the West. Utah includes extra Bureau of Land administration acreage than the other nation within the usa except for Nevada and Alaska. to a couple this acreage is good enough, to others too little, therefore the talk. The nationwide debate approximately this western factor has persevered almost unabated for over two decades, concerning neighborhood, nation, tribal, and nationwide politics and revealing a various nationwide opinion at the worth of wasteland. Contested panorama addresses this heated debate in aim phrases, keeping off pejorative labels whereas exploring the positions of either pro-wilderness and multiple-use advocates. CONTESTED panorama clarifies proper legislation, guidelines, proceedings, and political task. This booklet presents priceless heritage, analyzing the evolution of the desert thought, the U.S. structure and desolate tract designation, and the BLM desert stock. It additionally addresses "hotbutton" political matters: mining and different extractive makes use of of desert, nation belief lands, grazing, roadless components, archaeological assets, and the "cost" of solitude. of their end the editors supply attainable options together with a group contextual method of negotiation. The large variety of views and concerns assembled in CONTESTED panorama, even though framed by way of the Utah barren region debate, is far-reaching adequate to permit each one reader to attract his or her personal conclusions approximately desolate tract matters within the New West. because the editors finish, this "is no longer approximately wrong or right; it is approximately wishes and values. after we start to give some thought to all of those wishes and values, then we'll discover a solution."

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Boulder, CO: Pruett. Bauman, J. 1984. "President Signs Utah Wilds Bill," Deseret News,September 29, B1. Federal Land Policy and Management Act. 1976. Act of October 21, 1976. L. 90 Stat. 2743. Hendee, J. , G. H. Stankey, and R. C.

Chapter 10, ''Divided Highway: The Politics of the Roadless Debate," by Christa Powell and Buck Swaney, describes the important conflict between county roads and wilderness. Chapter 11, ''Pottery and Pithouses: Archaeological Resources in Wilderness," by R. Kelly Beck, covers an important but sometimes overlooked resource on public lands. The final chapter in this section, chapter 12, "The Cost of Solitude," by Chris Perri, provides an overview of the various economic studies regarding wilderness and other uses of public lands.

Sec. 603[a]) The Debate The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the Wilderness Act of 1964 set forth the requirements of wilderness designation. They do not, however, require interest groups, states, or counties to follow their guidelines when recommending areas to be designated as wilderness. There are sections, phrases, and wording within the acts that are unclear, thus opening the doors of personal interpretation. Wilderness proponents and opponents alike have exploited and interpreted the wording of the law in the ongoing wilderness debate.

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