Entries by Pamela Whitmore

Op-ed: National Parks could learn from Utah’s state parks management

(S.L. Tribune) This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. But as the agency enters its second century, our national parks are in trouble. A recent study conducted by the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) noted that the Park Service has a deferred maintenance backlog of nearly $12 billion — an […]

Putting the Bears Ears in harm’s way

Supporters of the proposed Bears Ears National Monument paint a vivid picture of ATVs running over ancient pottery, tourists etching initials into petroglyphs, and archaeologists digging up Native American burial grounds. While there is no denying the sad reality of such activities in the past, San Juan County Navajos feel that public education campaigns and […]

Take care of existing national parks before acquiring more land

This August the National Park Service will celebrate its 100-year anniversary. Americans visiting our parks this year have been greeted with birthday cake, free admission, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and commemorative coins. While these celebrations are good-natured, they overlook a serious and growing problem. A recent report by the Property and Environmental Research Center shows that the […]

Defusing the situation

Tensions are high across the Western United States. Decades of federal land mismanagement have produced a powder keg of hostility set to explode and tear apart our rural communities. We have seen glimpses of this in the 2014 Bundy standoff and the recent armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge (headquarters seen in accompanying photo). […]

Jumping into action – the wrong way

On Tuesday, federal officials declared 14,000 acres across Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado as critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Despite feedback from ranchers opposed to the designation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved forward with its plan to set aside roughly 190 linear miles of river. The small rodent depends […]

A breath of fresh air for Utah lands

Our public lands have taken a number of punches over the last six months or so. We’ve seen an armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Obama administration freezing new coal leases on federal lands, and the EPA triggering an environmental disaster that turned the Animus River orange from toxic heavy metals. […]

Testimony in support of HCR 17 (Concurrent Resolution Opposing Unilateral Use of the Antiquities Act)

Testimony presented by Matt Anderson, policy analyst for the Coalition for Self-Government in the West (a project of the Sutherland Institute), on March 7, 2016, before the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee of the Utah Legislature in support of HCR 17: Public lands are an asset – an integral part of our cultural […]