Udall aims to stiffen fines for damage to public lands

For those who do damage to public lands, federal lawmakers are working to ensure the punishment fits the crime. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. John Salazar introduced legislation in Congress last week that would significantly increase fines and jail time for illegal or reckless activities that damage Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management land. Public lands agencies have been struggling to keep up with damage caused by careless and reckless users, according to a statement issued by the two Colorado lawmakers.

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