“It’s so noisy, and so busy, and so overcrowded, they were closing areas because of overcapacity of the cars.”
In Utah, nearly 70 percent of the state is owned by the federal government, limiting the state’s control over land uses, such as grazing, oil and gas development, and forest management.
Federal land management agencies are strapped for cash. The National Park Service has a deferred maintenance backlog of nearly $12 billion.
The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management lose $2 billion each year managing federal lands.
“The environmental regulations and the philosophy prevents them from doing anything to restore the forests to a healthy condition. You literally can’t go in anymore.”
Poorly managed western forests — clogged with small “kindling” trees and older dead trees and branches — erupted into increasingly large, environmentally damaging conflagrations.
Federal lands should provide a rich source of revenues to benefit the public, but they are instead a fiscal burden on taxpayers.
No sane land manager would allow his timber to burn up, or rich natural resources to remain in the ground, or roads to be closed that provide access to his property. But that is what the federal government does.