December 1, 2014
By Amy Joi O’Donoghue
“A study commissioned by the state and performed by economists from a trio of Utah universities says the transfer of federal lands to Utah control could be profitable and revenues would easily cover the costs of managing the lands.
The 784-page report was mandated after the 2012 passage of the Transfer of Public Lands Act and was carried out by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Utah State University and Weber State University.
“It is important to make decisions based upon a thorough review of accurate, relevant information,” said Gov. Gary Herbert, adding that the analysis will provide policymakers with a sound platform to assess both the risks and challenges associated with the move.”