March 12, 2019 - 2019 Dingell Act Passed

Senator Romney and Representative John Curtis passed the Dingell Act which would designate Wilderness in Emery County along with designating the Green River as a Wild and Scenic river. Different portions of the river were designated with “wild”, “scenic” or “recreational” values. Recreation areas mean they need to keep recreational access, scenic means they need to allow for access to so the public can continue to enjoy the scenic view of the river with the wild designation being the most restrictive. This bill also restricts any form of “buffer zone” meaning land agencies cannot manage land outside of Wilderness boundaries as wilderness. All roads from the 2008 plan were cherry-stemmed into the Wilderness area.