Chief Sponsor: Ronald M. Winterton

House Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton


11     General Description:
12          This resolution recognizes the need for and encourages cooperation and coordination
13     between the state of Utah and relevant federal agencies to manage more efficiently the
14     resources and lands of the state of Utah.
15     Highlighted Provisions:
16          This resolution:
17          ▸     recognizes the goals of the federal government to protect natural resources, lands,
18     and waters of the nation;
19          ▸     recognizes that a high percentage of lands in Utah are managed by the federal
20     government;
21          ▸     recognizes that Utah has a strong history of responsible stewardship over public
22     lands in Utah;
23          ▸     recognizes that the ongoing drought and other conditions in the state of Utah require
24     stronger and more immediate response to properly manage the resources and public
25     lands in the state of Utah;
26          ▸     recognizes certain aspects of the management of the resources in the state of Utah
27     have failed to properly preserve the resources and protect the citizens of the state of
28     Utah; and
29          ▸     encourages greater cooperation and coordination between the state of Utah and

30     relevant federal agencies to improve the management and protection of the resources of the
31     state of Utah.
32     Special Clauses:
33          None

35     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
36          WHEREAS, President Joseph R. Biden's Executive Order 14008 sets a goal of
37     conserving at least 30% of America's land and water resources by the year 2030;
38          WHEREAS, the United States Department of the Interior, United States Department of
39     Agriculture, United States Department of Commerce, and the Council on Environmental
40     Quality released the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Report on May 6, 2021,
41     that similarly sets a goal of conserving 30% of America's lands and water resources by the year
42     2030;
43          WHEREAS, the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Report acknowledges
44     that land and water stewardship by private property owners, states, and local governments
45     demonstrates that the most effective and enduring conservation strategies are those that reflect
46     the priorities, needs, and perspectives of the families and communities that know, live, work,
47     and care for the lands and waters;
48          WHEREAS, approximately 23% of Utah, or 12,628,600 acres, receives the highest
49     level of protection available as national parks, wilderness areas, national monuments, and other
50     highly restricted Federal lands;
51          WHEREAS, a host of different federal statutes, including the National Environmental
52     Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the National Forests Management
53     Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Antiquities Act, the Taylor Grazing Act, the
54     Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act, the National
55     Historic Preservation Act, and others provide varying layers of protections for America's lands,
56     waters, air, and cultural resources;
57          WHEREAS, the people of Utah have a long history of successful stewardship over

58     Utah's lands and waters;
59          WHEREAS, Utah is currently suffering from extreme drought through much of the
60     state;
61          WHEREAS, decades of wildfire suppression and a dearth of timber harvest have led to
62     a growing problem of catastrophic wildfires throughout Utah;
63          WHEREAS, bark beetle infestations have caused significant tree mortality in many of
64     Utah's forests;
65          WHEREAS, changes in Utah's vegetation cover, including the encroachment of
66     coniferous trees into aspen forests and sagebrush rangelands, has degraded habitat for wildlife
67     and domestic livestock;
68          WHEREAS, the state of Utah, in cooperation with federal partners, is successfully
69     working to restore sagebrush and aspen habitat through Utah through the Watershed
70     Restoration Initiative;
71          WHEREAS, the state of Utah is actively working with the United States Forest Service,
72     Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other partners through the Shared Stewardship
73     Program to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and protect Utah's critical water sources;
74          WHEREAS, the state of Utah's Endangered Species Mitigation Fund successfully
75     directs conservation efforts to assist in the recovery of threatened and endangered species
76     leading to the downlisting of species including: June sucker, humpback chub, razorback
77     sucker, Kanab ambersnail, and Deseret milkvetch;
78          WHEREAS, livestock grazing on public lands forms a critical part of Utah's culture and
79     economy, and is a sustainable, renewable form of food and fiber production on public lands;
80          WHEREAS, Utah's domestic livestock provide critical ecosystem services on public
81     lands, including removal of noxious weeds and reduction in wildfire risk;
82          WHEREAS, the state of Utah's Grazing Improvement Program works to improve
83     sustainable grazing operations throughout the state, including the implementation of rotational
84     grazing systems to reduce environmental impacts and installation of water infrastructure to
85     reduce livestock impacts on water sources;

86          WHEREAS, the Utah Division of State History's anti-vandalism campaign actively
87     works to educate the public on the proper stewardship of archeological resources and better
88     protect archeological resources on public lands;
89          WHEREAS, the state of Utah's Utah Migration Initiative currently works to connect
90     wildlife habitats and migration corridors throughout Utah, including the construction of
91     wildlife overpasses, fish passage structures, and other pro-wildlife infrastructure;
92          WHEREAS, federal designations of Utah's lands and waters, such as national
93     monuments and wilderness areas, can impair the ability of the state and federal agencies
94     partners to achieve conservation and stewardship goals within those designated lands; and
95          WHEREAS, federal designations of Utah's lands and waters can hinder the efforts of
96     the State and federal agencies to improve wildlife habitat and promote biodiversity:
97          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
98     Governor concurring therein, supports the conservation and stewardship of Utah's lands and
99     waters through the voluntary efforts of state agencies, local governments, and private
100     landowners.
101          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor oppose the use of
102     federal designations to lock up more federal land in Utah without the consent of the Legislature
103     and demands that the federal government honor the principles of state sovereignty.
104          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor strongly
105     encourage state agencies to work with federal partners to honor the state sovereignty, follow
106     the state's resource management plans, and achieve the goals of the Conserving and Restoring
107     America the Beautiful Report in a manner that does not impair the ability of Utahns to use and
108     benefit from Utah's public lands.