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AFTER 17 YEARS, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP FOLDS TENT

The oldest environmental group in Utah has closed its doors.

The Utah Wilderness Association, organized in 1979, is calling it quits after years on a small budget and the recent resignations of some of its directors.The UWA was the driving force behind the High Uintas Wilderness Area and was besieged by the break off of a splinter group, which became the Southern Utah Wilderness Association.

The group's conservation director quit two years ago followed by UWA founder, Dick Carter's, announcement he was leaving the organization. Assistant coordinator George Nickas then announced his resignation.

During the past nine months, the group's board of directors tried unsuccessfully to raise money to keep the UWA afloat.

UWA has about 1,000 members across the state.