Utah plans to pursue wild lands lawsuit

Jun 7 2011 - 3:50pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah officials are continuing to pursue a lawsuit against the federal government over a public lands policy the U.S. Interior Department withdrew last week.

Gov. Gary Herbert's spokeswoman, Ally Isom, says the lawsuit won't be withdrawn because the underlying issues remain and there is uncertainty about what federal officials will do next.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the policy in December, which would have made millions of acres of undeveloped land available for wilderness protection.

Utah officials claim the policy circumvents state efforts to determine what lands should be protected and hurts the state's economy.

Wyoming and Alaska have filed to join the lawsuit but are reconsidering after Salazar's decision to table the plan.


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