Timber harvests on public forest lands degrade habitat and
disturb wildlife while costing taxpayers hundreds of millions
of dollars. Do you support ending timber harvests on public forest
lands in order to protect Utah's forests now and for future generations?
America's public forest lands are home to half of America's wildlife
species. Many species are especially sensitive to road construction,
as it carves up their home ranges and separates them from other
like species. Forests help create new soil and control erosion
by keeping soils out of the rivers and streams. Logging public
forests is highly subsidized, with costs of road construction,
tree replanting and degraded habitat restoration amounting to
hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The public should not
pay to have their national treasures destroyed, rather such funds
should be spent on restoring disturbed areas and ensuring that
our forests will be around for future generations to enjoy.
For more information contact www.uec-utah.org/endlogging.htm.
Do you support developing a better mass transit program and
better urban planning as an alternative to constructing the Legacy
Legacy West Davis Highway, proposed by Governor Mike Leavitt,
would be a 120-mile highway from Brigham City to Nephi, up the
west side of Utah Lake, around the Great Salt Lake and finally
connecting to I-15 at Brigham City. The highway's stated purpose
is to accommodate what the state has projected to be a doubling
in traffic over the next twenty years. The traffic problem on
I-15 and along the Wasatch Front is a result of too many cars.
The Legacy Highway will destroy wetlands and valuable farmland,
while increasing air pollution and only providing temporary relief
to the Wasatch Front traffic congestion.
The solution to this problem is not more roads, as proposed by
the Legacy Highway Project, but rather smarter transportation.
More roads result in "induced travel," which is the
increased traffic generated by expanded road capacity. Congestion
causes people to plan fewer and consolidated car trips and more
efficient routes, while more roads lead to longer and more frequent
trips. The Legacy Highway also poses threats to the environment.
Clean air standards are already difficult to meet largely because
of pollution generated along I-15, as is visibly apparent on most
days. An increase in roads and cars will only further degrade
the quality of Utah's air. Wetlands are of particular concern,
as only 1.5 percent of Utah's land falls in this category. Seventy-five
percent of these are around the Great Salt Lake. The Legacy Highway
would directly trample some of these wetlands, and others would
be impacted by the inevitable growth that would accompany the
new roads. The Legacy Highway is estimated to cost around $2.76
billion, money that would be more wisely spent on developing and
improving public transit programs to alleviate the Wasatch Front's
dependence on cars.
For more information contact: www.sierraclub.org/chapters/ut/,
Air along the Wasatch Front is visibly polluted most days.
What is your plan to clean up industry and automobile emissions
so that Utah's air will be clean and safe to breathe?
The Wasatch Front's air pollution mainly comes from automobile
emissions and large industries, specifically Geneva Steel, MagCorp,
and Kennecott Copper. In other parts of the state, power plants,
refineries and other industries are responsible. The three pollutants
of highest concern in Utah are carbon monoxide, ozone, and PM10
(particulate matter smaller than 10 microns in diameter). These
pollutants are toxic, smog-forming, and cause respiratory and
other health problems, respectively. Air quality standards must
be enforced and the polluting parties held responsible for cleanup.
For more information, contact www.sierraclub.org/chapters/ut/.
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