March 18, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 48 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING EMERY COUNTY, UTAH LEADERS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 48
(Extensions of Remarks - March 18, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E316] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING EMERY COUNTY, UTAH LEADERS ______ HON. JOHN R. CURTIS of utah in the house of representatives Monday, March 18, 2019 Mr. CURTIS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the leaders in Emery County, Utah, who fought for over two decades to resolve long standing issues facing their county through federal legislation. On March 12th, 2019, President Trump signed into law S. 47, a sweeping public lands bill that included the Emery County Public Lands Management Act, with broad bipartisan support. With this historic achievement, I would like to pay tribute to the exceptional efforts and years of dedication from the Emery County Commissioners, Emery County Public Lands Council, and many other state and local leaders who played an integral role in making this cooperative effort possible. This law will benefit Utahns for decades into the future. This law is a model for how Utahns can work together to solve public land management questions in one of the most unique landscapes of the country. After years of input and stakeholder engagement, this law resolves a number of issues affecting the region through a school land trust exchange, conveying certain lands to Emery County, expanding Goblin Valley State Park, conservation designations, and the creation of the new San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. The bill also decreases the amount of land owned by the federal government in Emery County. There are countless individuals over the years who deserve recognition and made this law possible. Over the last year, since I sponsored the Emery County bill in the House, I would particularly like to recognize: Emery County Commissioners Lynn Sitterud, Kent Wilson, and Gil Conover. Emery County Public Lands Council Members Rod Play (Chair), Edward Geary (Vice Chair), Laren Huntsman, Leon McElprang, Kim McFarlane, J.R. Nelson, Randall Stilson, Sherrel Ward, Les Wilberg, Bruce Wilson, and Ray Petersen (Public Lands Administrator). House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop. Governor Gary Herbert. Senator Mitt Romney. These leaders should all be very proud of what was accomplished with this bill. ____________________