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S.J.R. 16 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE

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HOLE-IN-THE-ROCK SAN JUAN MISSION HISTORIC

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TRAIL

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

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House Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature honors the Utah pioneers who participated in the
             12      San Juan Mission and designates the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail, over which the San Juan
             13      Mission passed, as a state historic trail.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    honors the Utah pioneers who participated in the 1879-1880 trek of the San Juan
             17      Mission and successfully constructed and traversed a trail from Parowan, Utah, to
             18      Bluff, Utah, through some of the most difficult and desolate terrain in the western
             19      United States;
             20          .    designates the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail (Trail) over which the San Juan Mission
             21      passed as a state historic trail;
             22          .    sets forth how the designation is to be conducted;
             23          .    recognizes the importance of conserving the Trail for the use and enjoyment of
             24      future generations, to foster cooperative and coordinated planning, management,
             25      and interpretation that spans the length of the Trail;
             26          .    urges that the designation be coordinated through an inter-organizational
             27      collaborative team consisting of counties, applicable state and federal land and
             28      resource management agencies, and relevant non-governmental organizations;
             29          .    urges that a management plan be developed, with the participation of Garfield


             30      County, Iron County, Kane County, San Juan County, the Bureau of Land Management, the
             31      National Park Service, and the United States Forest Service that focuses on interpretation,
             32      management of key Trail-related public use areas on public lands, and access;
             33          .    declares that this designation shall have no affect on private property rights, water
             34      rights, grazing rights, access rights, or other existing rights on public lands;
             35          .    declares that portions of the Trail that are public roads shall be managed for public
             36      transportation and not rerouted as a result of historic trail designation;
             37          .    recognizes that the Trail supports local and regional tourism economies by
             38      attracting tourists having an interest in the Southern Utah culture and the history of
             39      western settlement; and
             40          .    urges the Board of State Parks and Recreation to designate additional trails within
             41      the state of Utah as state historic trails, if they are determined to be of statewide
             42      significance and to meet other criteria as defined by the board.
             43      Special Clauses:
             44          None
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             46      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             47          WHEREAS, the San Juan Mission's trek over the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail (Trail) is
             48      recognized as one of the most difficult and courageous wagon journeys in the history of
             49      western settlement;
             50          WHEREAS, the state of Utah Historic Preservation Office has certified the national
             51      significance of the Trail, and the National Park Service has affirmed this significance by
             52      designating the Trail as a national historic site;
             53          WHEREAS, the Trail is accessible along much of its route and there are several sites
             54      along the Trail that are of high historical significance;
             55          WHEREAS, currently, there is no unified, trail-wide effort to interpret the Trail for
             56      visitors;
             57          WHEREAS, the Escalante Heritage Center has a direct physical and cultural link to the


             58      Trail and can serve as a focal point for visitor contact in the middle portion of the Trail;
             59          WHEREAS, the Hole-in-Rock Foundation has plans for a future visitor facility in
             60      Bluff;
             61          WHEREAS, the visibility of the Trail has increased significantly in the past year due to
             62      the publication of Gerald Lund's book, "The Undaunted";
             63          WHEREAS, interest in visiting the Trail has increased significantly, particularly among
             64      Utahns who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
             65          WHEREAS, an analysis of these visits in the Escalante area shows that during the
             66      spring and summer of 2010, church group visits provided community benefits of from $3,000
             67      to $15,000, with a total benefit of approximately $80,000;
             68          WHEREAS, much of the Trail is bordered by federal lands managed by the United
             69      States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), or the National Park Service;
             70          WHEREAS, a significant portion of the Trail is contiguous with or adjacent to public
             71      roads managed by the state of Utah, a county, or a municipality, with only small and relatively
             72      insignificant portions of the Trail crossing into private property;
             73          WHEREAS, federal managers of lands along the Trail are initiating efforts to cooperate
             74      and coordinate with local governments to increase interpretive opportunities along the Trail
             75      and engage in coordinated Trail management;
             76          WHEREAS, BLM's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) seeks to
             77      improve public use of Trail-related sites;
             78          WHEREAS, in the summer of 2011, the GSENM began issuing permission to large
             79      groups to hold historic-oriented events at Dancehill Rock or to camp at Forty Mile Spring, two
             80      areas popular with culturally oriented groups;
             81          WHEREAS, the GSENM is also engaged in an ongoing effort with Kane and Garfield
             82      counties over the management of the Hole-in-the-Rock Road, which will increase
             83      interpretation of, and access to, these historic sites;
             84          WHEREAS, many consider the Hole-in-the-Rock Road to be one of the best all terrain
             85      vehicle (ATV) roads in the area, and Utah counties and federal agencies desire to appropriately


             86      manage ATV use on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road;
             87          WHEREAS, interpretive opportunities and access to the Trail and Trail-related historic
             88      sites are largely undeveloped;
             89          WHEREAS, evidence regarding tourism in Southern Utah suggests that historically
             90      significant trails attract tourists and are culturally beneficial, especially for families and retired
             91      persons;
             92          WHEREAS, these are also the visitors most likely to contribute to local economies and
             93      to benefit from interpretive opportunities during their stay in the area;
             94          WHEREAS, local tourism interests believe that a focus on the historical significance of
             95      the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail could be a significant boost to the tourism economies of
             96      communities along the Trail;
             97          WHEREAS, coordination between federal and local agencies will maximize
             98      responsible use by current and future generations; and
             99          WHEREAS, it is fitting that the state of Utah designate the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail
             100      from Parowan to Bluff as a state historic trail for the use and enjoyment of future generations:
             101          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             102      honors the Utah pioneers who participated in the 1879-1880 trek of the San Juan Mission and
             103      successfully constructed and traversed a trail from Parowan, Utah, to Bluff, Utah, through
             104      some of the most difficult and desolate terrain in the Western United States.
             105          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah designates the
             106      Hole-in-the-Rock Trail from Parowan to Bluff as a state historic trail.
             107          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges that this
             108      designation be coordinated through an inter-organizational collaborative team consisting of
             109      counties, applicable state and federal land and resource management agencies, and relevant
             110      non-governmental organizations.
             111          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges that a
             112      management plan be developed, with the participation of Garfield County, Iron County, Kane
             113      County, San Juan County, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the


             114      United States Forest Service that focuses on interpretation, management of key Trail-related
             115      public use areas on public lands, and access.
             116          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges that this
             117      designation have no affect on private property rights, water rights, access rights, grazing rights,
             118      or other existing rights on public lands.
             119          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges that
             120      portions of the trail that are public roads should continue to be managed for public
             121      transportation and not rerouted as a result of historic trail designation.
             122          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges the Board
             123      of State Parks and Recreation to designate additional trails within the state of Utah as state
             124      historic, scenic, or recreational trails, if the trails are determined by the board to be of statewide
             125      significance and to meet other criteria as defined by the board.
             126          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Board of
             127      State Parks and Recreation, the cities of Parowan and Bluff, Utah, the Kane County
             128      Commission, the Garfield County Commission, the Iron County Commission, the San Juan
             129      County Commission, the Bureau of Land Management, Escalante Heritage Center, the United
             130      States Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the State of Utah Historic Preservation
             131      Office.


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