State leaders' quest to gain title to federal land and thousands of dirt tracks and roads amounts to "a wild goose chase" that squanders taxpayer money and could ultimately degrade the state's natural beauty, education advocates told a legislative committee last week.
"We don't believe these initiatives will solve our education funding issues. We fear they will distract our leaders from seeking realistic and lasting solutions. We are chasing after an imaginary unicorn," said Heather Bennett, a Salt Lake City school board member.
Should the state succeed in winning title to 30 million acres and 12,400 routes, the land could lose the scenic values that "make Utah a fabulous place for family recreation and renewal," she said.