BLM Buying Land to Keep Clutter Out of Grand StaircaseBy Michael Frank on February 1st, 2013
The stretch of canyon country east of Escalante, Utah, is empty and desolate, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to keep it that way. With help from the Grand Canyon Trust and money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the BLM is purchasing 21 acres of inholdings that lie inside the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trust began snapping up the small parcels a few years ago when it heard rumblings that owners wanted to develop tourist-friendly businesses there; Escalante is filled with outfitters, restaurants, and lodging, but the surrounding canyons are dead empty. This being Utah, some people don’t like it — the official policy of Garfield County, of which just three percent is private, is to oppose more government ownership, even if it means someone puts up a Hotdog on a Stick franchise in sight of Calf Creek. Via Salt Lake Tribune.
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