Bishop: Obama planning more national monuments in Utah - Salt Lake Tribune
Apparently, the idea of protecting more wild places doesn't appeal to some conservatives. I have to wonder why.Washington » Rep. Rob Bishop says he has unearthed plans by the Obama administration to wield its power to designate multiple new national monuments in the West, including two that would snatch up thousands of acres in Utah.
But the Interior Department says the document on which the Utah Republican is basing his allegation is simply a draft memo outlining lands that may, in the future, deserve protection.
Two swaths of Utah are mentioned in the document, marked "not for release" -- the San Rafael Swell in the south-central part of the state and Cedar Mesa in San Juan County; the exact size of the potential monuments isn't mentioned.
p.s. These regions aren't really suitable for farming, agriculture, etc. but hold longterm potential for tourism.