Outdoor companies ask Obama for Utah monument

- PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 100 U.S. companies are asking President Barack Obama to designate a national monument surrounding Utah's Canyonlands National Park.

The leaders of the outdoor industry include Mountain Hardware, The North Face and Patagonia, together with outfitters and other local businesses in the major recreation hub of Moab.

A national monument would protect 2,200 square miles of federal land around Canyonlands National Park. The companies say Utah's $4 billion recreation economy is more important than oil-and-gas drilling or mining.

The proposal is certain to rile Utah's Republican leaders, who have been demanding the federal government relinquish control of public lands.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's office says he doesn't want Obama using his presidential authority to designate a national monument without seeking a wider political consensus.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



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