Self interests dominate land debate
August 15, 2018
“Mr. Gagnon you’re out of order!” shouted the chairperson. It was Aug. 2, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Sweetwater County Conservation District (SWCCD). It’s hard to make a point in a public meeting when you’re told to make it very brief, and the subject you’re trying to address has a long and wide history, a complex present, and its outcome will be consequential in many ways.
At issue was, and is, the SWCCD’s plan to kill off the 13 Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Sweetwater County. This effort is being made across rural counties all over the country, wherever u...