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On Thursday, Wasatch Mountain State Park is hosting a meeting about trails. One trail under consideration would stretch 17 miles from the park toward Guardsman Pass. Later, the Legislature's Prison Relocation Commission will discuss potential new locations where it might be palatable to plop down a state prison. And, to kick off March, conservation, wildlife and outdoor-recreation groups will gather at the Capitol to protest Utah's continued costly efforts to seize federally managed public lands.

Wasatch Over Wasatch Trail Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 26

Wasatch Mountain State Park and the Wasatch Trails Alliance will discuss the Wasatch Over Wasatch (WOW) trail. The trail would stretch 17 miles and run roughly parallel to Pine Canyon Road. The park received a $100,000 grant in matching funds from the federal government to build the trail.
Wasatch County Administration Building, 25 N. Main, Heber, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., StateParks.Utah.gov

Prison Relocation Commission
Friday, Feb. 27

The Legislature is running out of time to make a decision on where to build a new prison. The commission's first crack at selecting sites was met with sharp protests from communities pegged as possible homes for the prison. Paralleling this relocation is an effort by some lawmakers to fund more programs for the mentally ill and drug addicts. A question that remains is whether this enthusiasm for reforming prison programs would persist if the prison were to remain on the valuable Draper dirt that has every developer drooling.
Utah State Senate Building, 350 N. State, Room 210, Feb. 27, 1 p.m., Le.Utah.gov

Public-Lands Rally
Monday, March 2

Utah lawmakers have continued to press the federal government to hand over the public land it manages in The Beehive State, despite the fact that the state would most likely lose massive sums of money if it succeeds. Several groups will oppose these efforts at a rally called The Great Public Lands Gamble, where speakers such as Black Diamond Equipment CEO Peter Metcalf and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, will speak.
Utah Capitol Rotunda, 350 N. State, March 2, 4:30-6 p.m., GreatPublicLandsGamble.org

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