2 Utah areas on list of West's 'imperiled' land

2 Utah areas on list of West's 'imperiled' land

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A sportsmen's group has placed two Utah wildlife areas on a list of the West's 10 most imperiled places to hunt and fish because of threats posed by oil and gas development.

Utah's Uinta National Forest east of Provo and the Book Cliff's region in eastern Utah are among the areas considered irreplaceable landscapes vital to fish and wildlife and prized by hunters and anglers.

The designation is part of the "Hunting and Fishing Imperiled" report released Thursday by the group Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development. The group is a coalition of businesses, organization and individuals that work to conserve public lands.

The report contends that between 2000 and 2008, the number of permits for oil and gas development tripled and says an estimated 126,000 new wells are planned.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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