November 19, 2014
By Brian Maffly
“The costs of transferring 30 million acres of public lands to Utah pencil out for the state, according to a team of economists.
But state officials are not quite ready to release the 800-page study that backs up those findings.
State lawmakers pushing the idea — and the public — will have to wait a little while longer to see the proof, officials told an interim legislative panel Wednesday.
The Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office intends to complete an “analytical summary” of the long-anticipated report, freshly completed by economists at three Utah universities after more that a year of data gathering and number crunching, office director Kathleen Clarke told lawmakers.
The economists said Utah could manage federal public lands to harvest oil and gas and timber while providing outdoor recreation and preserving ‘unique landscapes and ecosystems.’ “