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Groups blast USBLM over "vegetation treatments" in Grand Staircase-Escalante NMon

MOAB, Utah — Conservation groups are calling on the Bureau of Land Management to halt work on massive "vegetation treatment" programs inside Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Wild Utah Project said an analysis of existing scientific literature finds little evidence to support the BLM’s assertion that mechanical vegetation removal benefits western public lands. Kya Marienfeld, an attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said the BLM is scheduled to use aggressive treatments such as chaining, mastication, and mulching to strip natural vegetation from more than 135,000 acres of the monument.

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