Daggett County Lands Compromise Touted as Model for Nation | Deseret News

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue

October 22, 2014

“A compromise reached on contentious, decades-old land disputes in Daggett County will be incorporated into a lands bill in Congress and could serve as the template for how the rest of the country strikes a balance between conservation and resource development.

During a Wednesday announcement of the deal brokered under the direction of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Daggett County Commissioner Jerry Steglich said if groups could reach agreement there, it could happen about anywhere.

The agreement, Steglich said, has Daggett County giving up one-fifth of its land mass — about 100,000 acres for wilderness and conservation designations — with an eye to getting nearly 7,000 acres for resort development he said will help diversify the county’s economic base.”

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Compromise, Solutions Sought in Energy and Public Lands Debate | Deseret News

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue

January 13, 2014

“Amid all the contentious strife over energy development, access to Utah lands and the federal government, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is trying to broker a solution that strikes at compromise.”

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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.

Bishop Seeks Grand Bargain on Public Lands | The Salt Lake Tribune

By Thomas Burr | The Salt Lake Tribune

April 15, 2013

Tired of the gridlock over how to manage federal lands, Rep. Rob Bishop is attempting to bring together all sides of the issue to find common ground to either preserve or drill.

The Utah Republican is one of Congress’ top cheerleaders for oil and gas development and a dogged critic of environmentalists — but he says it’s time to tone down the rhetoric and seize on a change at the Interior Department to get beyond the bitter feud in the public-lands debate.

Bishop has invited energy companies, green groups, local officials and other interested parties to submit their plans for what they want to get done and hopes to craft legislation to bring up later this year.

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