Red Rock Wilderness Act back before Congress

Red Rock Wilderness Act back before Congress

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Red Rock Wilderness Act is back before Congress but this time there's more backers of the bill.

The legislation reintroduced yesterday calls for nine-point-five (M)million acres of pristine canyon country in southern Utah to be preserved. The bill would prohibit activities such as mining, gas and oil exploration and off-highway vehicle use.

The piece of legislation has 151 co-sponsors, including 13 members of the Senate. The bill was first introduced in 1989 by then-Utah Representative Wayne Owens.

The Red Rock Wilderness Act is based on surveys done by volunteers with the Utah Wilderness Coalition. They claim the Bureau of Land Management ignored vast tracts of wilderness-quality lands in its original three-point-two (M)million-acre inventory.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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