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Agreement Would Protect Green River In Northeast Utah

PHOTO: The renowned trout fishery in the Green River in northeastern Utah could become part of a federally-designated wilderness area, as part of an agreement involving Daggett County leaders and conservationists. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
PHOTO: The renowned trout fishery in the Green River in northeastern Utah could become part of a federally-designated wilderness area, as part of an agreement involving Daggett County leaders and conservationists. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
October 23, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - An agreement involving county government and conservationists is in place that would help protect the Green River in northeastern Utah, home to some of the best trout fishing in the country.

Charles Card, Northeast Utah backcountry coordinator at Trout Unlimited, says the agreement will establish more than 80,000 acres of newly-designated wilderness on federal lands in Daggett County. Trout Unlimited is among the groups involved in the agreement.

"It's a way for something to get passed through legislation that would protect wild places and fisheries," says Card, "but also economically boost economies in these small counties in eastern Utah."

Card says the agreement essentially protects the most vital lands for wilderness, recreation and wildlife, while making other lands available for energy and commercial development. He says the next step is introducing a bill in Congress to seek official wilderness designation.

According to Card, having a wilderness designation will attract more tourism to the area, which is vital to the local economy.

"Wilderness draws crowds that want that experience," he says. "They want to get back and not see people and experience forest and landscape that is relatively untouched and undeveloped."

The agreement would also create a 30,000 acre conservation area, and designate 14 miles of the Green River as a Wild and Scenic River.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT