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Poll: Majority of Utahns want federal lands protected



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SALT LAKE CITY -- An environmental group is waving a new poll that shows a majority of Utahns support the so-called "Redrock Bill" in Congress that would place wilderness restrictions on more than 9 million acres in the state.

According to the poll by Dan Jones and Associates for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, just over 60 percent of respondents think those designated federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management should be protected as wilderness.

The poll runs counter to sentiments of elected officials. Utah's entire congressional delegation is on record as opposing the bill.

A committee hearing on the bill is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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