The public lands that make up a huge part of Senate District 24 are critical to the economic development of our rural counties. We must ensure that access to these lands is not limited. These lands are much of the economic engine for the rural areas of Utah. They provide abundant natural resources and it is in our best interest to continue responsibly developing the resources. Coal, oil, timber, grazing, potash, tar sands and oil shale, hard minerals, and many other resources insure that our country runs properly. Recreation, hunting and fishing, tourism and general enjoyment of these lands make them a part of who we are and why we love this great state. I will continue to work to make sure that our state protects our rights on all public lands by protecting wildlife and livestock from predators and invasive species, such as noxious weeds. We need a strong rural agricultural voice in the Senate and I will continue to be that voice.