H.R. 622 – Utah Delegation Continues its Race to the Bottom of the Barrel

Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT) was forced to eat a heaping helping of humble pie when he unceremoniously pulled his own legislation that would have immediately disposed of 3.3 million acres of public lands, including four parcels in Gunnison County. But a companion bill introduced by Rep. Chaffetz, H.R. 622, remains a viable threat. H.R. 622 would “terminate the law enforcement functions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.” This bill would reduce the ability of cash-strapped federal agencies to manage public lands, turning over law enforcement duties to local sheriffs’ offices. The result would be ad-hoc enforcement of the law on public lands by sheriffs who may not have the budget or inclination to protect them in the manner expected by the public and in the best interest of the environment. Ultimately, this bad legislation would make public lands less safe.

What Can You Do Right Now? Contact Representative Tipton ((202) 225-4761 or (970) 241-2499) and Senator Gardner ((202) 224-5941 or (970) 241-2499) and tell them to oppose H.R. 622.