Report names Lee, Bishop, Hatch, Stewart and Chaffetz ‘Public Lands Enemies’

Bears EarsA new report from the Center for Biological Diversity named five members of Utah’s Congressional delegation as among the top “public lands enemies.”


The report named 15 members of Congress as those who are “trying to seize, destroy, dismantle and privatize public lands for profit.”

Lee was ranked at the top of the list, while Bishop and Hatch ranked 2nd and 3rd. Stewart came in at #6 while Chaffetz was 10th. The only member of Congress from Utah to not make the list was Rep. Mia Love.

From the press release:

“These 15 members of Congress are trying to turn America’s public lands into an open cash register for corporations,” said Randi Spivak, the Center’s public lands director. “For everyone who cares about our national forests, wildlife refuges, national parks and monuments, these elected officials need to be watched very closely and opposed at every step.” 

Here’s the full list:

1. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
2. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah, 1st District)
3. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
4. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz., 4th District)
5. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
6. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah, 2nd District) 
7. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska, at large)
8. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) 
9. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho, 1st District) 
10. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah, 3rd District) 
11. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev., 2nd District) 
12. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) 
13. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M., 2nd District)

14. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif., 4th District) 
15. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)