More than $107 Million under President's Economic Recovery Plan
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today highlighted the significant steps the Obama administration is taking to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Utah while conserving national parks, refuges, and other public lands, including more than $107 million invested in the state by the Interior Department under the President's economic recovery plan.
Salazar also cited the designation of more than more than 256,000 acres of land in Utah as wilderness and nearly 166 miles of the Virgin River and its tributaries as National Wild and Scenic Rivers under the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, signed by President Obama in March. The act also creates the Beaver Dam Wash Conservation Area and the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in Washington County, enhances protections for the endangered desert tortoise and provides recreational opportunities for the public.
“Throughout our nation's history, Americans have used times of crisis to protect and enhance our treasured landscapes and other special places of natural beauty,” Salazar said. “President Obama is building on this great tradition by putting Americans back to work at our parks and refuges and on other public lands. Here in Utah, we are creating jobs that are an investment in the legacy we will hand down to our children and grandchildren.”
Investments in Utah American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 include:
“When we invest in our public lands, we are effectively investing in our economy,” Salazar said. “These projects themselves not only create jobs but many of them indirectly support jobs throughout the economy by promoting outdoor recreation. Studies show that hiking, fishing, boating, hunting and other outdoor recreation pump $5.9 billion each year into Utah's economy, supporting 65,000 jobs. We are truly making an investment in our future.”