Washington • Utah's Republicans in Congress are sending their own letter to President Barack Obama arguing against the idea of designating 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands National Park as a national monument.
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee along with Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz say the president should jettison the proposal by a group of outdoor-related businesses and look instead to a more grass-roots approach.
"Federal land-use decisions must be cultivated in a collaborative process that balances various stakeholder uses in this process," the four members of Congress wrote in a letter Thursday. "Presidential decrees preclude this process and would be a detriment to our state."