Religious leaders call for wilderness stewardship

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The movement to protect Utah's wilderness took a spiritual turn Wednesday at the Capitol.

A group of religious leaders issued a call for wilderness stewardship.

With 23 posters and more than 250 handwritten statements, the group appealed to lawmakers to be thoughtful about policy affecting the use of Utah's land.

People often react emotionally when policies come up that restrict use of land.

The group is urging lawmakers to realize wilderness is a limited resource and to come up with policies that reflect that.

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, talked to the group to acknowledge their viewpoint on limiting uses like motorized vehicle use and drilling. He says a balanced approach includes all these uses.

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