Three Utahns are featured in the cover story of the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report, entitled "Battle for the Wilderness: the fate of America's pristine land is at stake."
The magazine's cover shows a dramatic photograph of a snowy mountain and pine-covered slopes - a photo that is being torn in half by a pair of hands.The article says Utah's Colorado Plateau wild country is to canyon lands what the Himalayas are to mountains - the finest handiwork of nature. Getting prominent play in the article are:
-San Juan County Commissioner Calvin Black, Blanding, a long-time wilderness foe, who is quoted as attacking claims that wilderness helps tourism. He adds that Utahns are good stewards of the land and that it's possible to protect the values of land and still have multiple uses of it.
-Brant Calkin, Cedar City, director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, who is shown in a photograph flying in a small plane over Utah canyon country. Calkin is quoted as saying this is public land but the government is not protecting it, and somebody has to fight for it.
-Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, author of a 5.1-million-acre wilderness bill, who says Utah's scenic wonders are a birthright and exploiting them for temporary economic benefit would be a mistake.