Struggle Over Utah's San Rafael Swell : Wilderness, National Conservation Areas, and National Monuments
University of Arizona Press,
In detailing political and environmental squabbles over the San Rafael Swell, Durrant illuminates issues that confront land managers, bureaucrats, and elected officials throughout the country. He describes struggles between county commissioners and environmental activists, conflicts over water rights, proposals that repeatedly fail to gain government approval, and political posturings. Caught in the crossfire, and often overwhelmed, the Bureau of Land Management has seen its long-time mission once centered on grazing and mining rights transmogrify into a new and, to some, unsettling responsibility for recreation and preservation.