Lawmakers pass resolution supporting sixth national park in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The state legislature sent a united message on public lands to federal lawmakers Tuesday.

The House approved a resolution that states the Utah Legislature supports the creation of a sixth national park in Utah.

Representative Chris Stewart is running the bill at the federal level to create the Escalante Canyons National Park.

The 100,000 acre park will sit within the modified boundaries of the Grand Staircase.

"This is a way to say, hey, this is the way you should do it. You should work with the state legislature, you should work with local communities. And, this also provides for more local control and management for the national park," Rep. Mike Noel said.

The vote was approved 52-17. It is now off to Governor Herbert's Office.

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