Utah is ground-zero for anti-public lands zealotry. Powerful anti-lands groups -- some with access to taxpayer dollars -- are at the forefront of a national movement to eliminate federal public lands and sell them off for good. This extremism has spread across the West, to Montana, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, and beyond.
During the Trump administration, Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments saw the largest reductions in public land protections in American history. Special interests like oil and gas and foreign uranium mining corporations welcomed the news, even as it put ancient Native American artifacts and sacred sites at risk, elevating local concern.
Money Trails shows these special interests for what they are: Anti-government extremists whose only goal is to eliminate public land.
-Public land supports 110,000 jobs in Utah, generating $12.3 billion in consumer spending and $737 million in state and local tax revenue.
-Utah has 33,275,132 acres of federal public land that span unique red rock canyons, mountain peaks, and vibrant deserts, and 35 federally-protected wilderness areas.
-Utah has five national parks-- Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion.