The federal government controls 65 percent of the land in Utah, including the Desolation Canyon stretch of the Green River near the eastern edge of the West Tavaputs Plateau. Utah is seeking control of the land so it can bolster its tax base. (Southwestern Utah Wilderness Alliance via Associated Press)

The federal government controls 65 percent of the land in Utah, including the Desolation Canyon stretch of the Green River near the eastern edge of the West Tavaputs Plateau. Utah is seeking control of the land so it can bolster its tax base. (Southwestern Utah Wilderness Alliance via Associated Press)