Prevent the Ski Industry from Building in Protected Utah Forests

Target: Utah House of Representatives

Goal: Prevent the ski industry from overturning longstanding environmental protections to build a new gondola in a crucial watershed region.

The beautiful Wasatch Range winds through central Utah, making up the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. With its many untouched acres of forestland, it falls under the environmental protection of both federal and local development restrictions. And as a vital watershed, the range also supplies drinking water to millions of Utah residents. But a new bill proposed by Republican legislators would open up the Wasatch Range to the local ski industry, allowing developers to build a gondola between ski slopes in the formerly protected wilderness.

The project, known as SkiLink, proposed by Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), would bypass longstanding environmental protections to allow the building of a gondola between two ski areas in different counties. It would require the U.S. Forest Service to sell 30 acres of protected public forestland currently untouched by human development. Both the regional ecosystem and water supply would suffer as a result of the project, which would overturn more than 100 years of watershed protection the area has enjoyed.

SkiLink wouldn’t just damage Utah’s untouched wilderness for the sake of a ski gondola. It would render moot many environmental protections currently in place, opening up the Wasatch Range to further development by the ski industry. The iconic mountain range that provides so many residents with water could soon be desecrated if this bill passes. Urge the Utah House of Representatives to protect this crucial mountain range by passing legislation that ensures all environmental protections on the area stay in place.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Utah House of Representatives,

For more than a century, the Wasatch Range has been protected by local environmental restrictions on development. This crucial watershed provides drinking water to millions of Utah residents and is a beautiful example of untouched North American wilderness. But the newly proposed SkiLink project would endanger this natural mountain range by opening the area up to ski industry development.

Natural, untouched wilderness is a beautiful and essential part of the United States, not simply an obstacle to further industrial development. Maximizing the profits of the ski industry is not an excuse to corrupt public forests and protected watersheds. I ask that you pass the bill that would prevent SkiLink from becoming reality, the Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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