Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation to create Utah’s sixth National Park, Escalante Canyons Park and Preserve, H.R. 4558.
“With their deep narrow canyons, high plateaus, sheer cliffs, incredible vistas, and vibrant colors, the Escalante Canyons are a crown jewel in the state,” Rep. Stewart said. “Escalante Canyons National Park is a win-win for those wanting conservation and access. It’s a win-win for those who want to share the beauty of this state but also to preserve the local culture that is so important to our communities. Additionally, this bill gives locals a stronger voice in how their backyard is managed.”
“There is a reason I live in Utah. I love it here! I love to ski. I love to hike and rock climb. I love these lands. I want to preserve them, and I believe Utahans are better suited to manage our lands than bureaucrats back in Washington.”
Specifically the Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act:
- Creates Utah’s sixth national park – Escalante Canyons National Park
- The new park conserves this nationally important area while allowing access for hunting, fishing, trapping, and grazing.
- The park maps are still being finalized by the local communities, but the boundaries will fall within the newly created Escalante Canyons Unit of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- Transfers “Hole in the Rock Road” to the state of Utah in recognition of this historically significant Mormon pioneer trail.
- Creates a “Management Council” comprised of local officials to draft and oversee a management plan for the new monument and National Park, giving local leaders a powerful voice and seat at the table.
- This bill codifies the boundaries of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, as outlined by President Trump.
For a PDF copy of the bill, click here.