Officials say Economic Outlook Good for Public Lands Transfer

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.’ “

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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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