Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative – Status Report

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“The Public Lands Initiative is a locally-driven effort to bring resolution to some of the most challenging land disputes in the state of Utah. The initiative is rooted in the belief that conservation and economic development can coexist and make Utah a better place to live, work, and visit.

Achieving success in the Public Lands Initiative requires a commitment to guiding principles and clearly articulated goals. Adherence to the three C’s of Collaboration, Compromise, and Creativity will ensure that the initiative stays on track and produces the types of outcomes that benefit local communities, the state of Utah, and the nation at-large.”

Download the full text of the Utah Public Lands Initiative Status Report for Stakeholders, Interested Parties, and the Public prepared by staff from the offices of Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz, and Chris Stewart.

Utah Communities Harmed by Dependence on Federal Government | The Salt Lake Tribune

October 6, 2013

“Rural Utah’s extreme dependence on the federal government is unhealthy and unnecessary. Federally managed recreation areas, energy sites and land management offices have shuttered their doors as part of the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Earlier this year, the federal government illegally withheld or reduced community development and education payments owed to our counties. Our local towns and communities that depend on tourism, energy development and land-use are paying the price because of Washington’s dysfunction and instability.”

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R.S. 2477 Settlement in Juab County

County Seat episode with Juan Palma (State Director for the BLM Utah Office), Glen Greenhalgh (Public Lands Director at Juab County), and Chad Winn (Juab County Commissioner) discussing settlement recognizing Juab County and State’s R.S. 2477 rights-of-way to three roads.

This settlement serves as a tangible reminder that certain R.S. 2477 issues can be resolved through good-faith negotiations and cooperation.

~ Juan Palma, BLM Utah State Director

The settlement has been a model of successful negotiation between the state, county, federal government, and environmental organizations, each having distinct and often contradicting interests in roads and underlying areas.

The Deep Creeks settlement may prove to be a model for resolving many of the thousands of claims that remain.

~ Heidi McIntosh, Earthjustice