State officials are correct. The feds are illegally closing off leasing and road-building in areas that aren't wilderness on both BLM and Forest Service administered lands.
Your editorial ("No end in sight in Utah wilderness battle," June 10) states that Reagan signed the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984, a bill signed by Utah Republican Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch to set aside 750,000 acres of national forest land in Utah as wilderness in a compromise that also freed other forest lands for development.
That was true. However, you failed to mention the 2001 roadless rule that, for all practical purposes, eliminated active forest management on half (4 million acres out of 8 million acres) of National Forest System lands in Utah.