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Utah rock art protected
January 7, 2010, 11:48 am
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Utah reaches consensus with gas company for protection of canyon lined with rock art.

With its 50 miles of prehistoric rock art and its proximity to natural gas fields, the canyon has for years been at the center of a tug-of-war between cultural resource preservationists and those who seek to tap the adjacent land rich with energy resources.

The West Tavaputs Plateau agreement brought together those competing interests after more than a year of often contentious disagreements that were vanquished — at least for a time — in Tuesday’s signing ceremony at the state Capitol.

“It’s a diverse group who was able to reach a consensus in a relatively short period of time,” said the Bureau of Land Management’s Mike Stiewig, who oversees the agency’s office in Vernal. Gesturing toward the room full of people that included energy company executives, archaeologists and representatives from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Stiewig said the diversity of attendees — and agreement supporters — underscored a milestone achievement in collaboration.

More on agreement over Utah’s rock art.


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