Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Vision






We support Governor Herbert’s vision for outdoor recreation released in January 2013. Our commitment to preserving public access helps make Utah “the right place” for outdoor recreation.

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Vision Statement

Utah is the premier place for outdoor recreation.
With its iconic red-rock deserts, mountain peaks capped with world-class snow, productive lands and waters, and active communities, Utah offers all families and individuals unparalleled outdoor recreational experiences—from the backyard to the backcountry—sustaining our prosperity and elevating our quality of life. For generations to come, Utah will continue to be recognized as “the right place” for accessible outdoor adventures.

Endangered Listings for Sage Grouse Would Impact Utah | The Salt Lake Tribune

By Brian Maffly

January 15, 2013

“Bruce Adams and other private landowners in San Juan County have conserved and improved habitat for Gunnison sage grouse by planting forbs, creating wet meadows, putting conservation easements on their land, and even selling out to a land conservancy.

But these measures were not enough to keep federal wildlife officials from proposing last week to list the rare bird for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).”

Read full story | The Salt Lake Tribune

Gov. Herbert’s Summit to Explore Utah’s Energy Future | The Salt Lake Tribune

By Brian Maffly

January 7, 2013

“Hundreds of energy industry professionals, scientists and policy experts are gathering in Salt Lake City this week for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s Energy Development Summit, an annual forum addressing some of the energy issues confronting the Intermountain West.

“This conversation will help position Utah for an exciting energy future that embraces a diversity of resources and proceeds with a dual focus on responsible practices and economic growth,” Herbert’s office said in a news release.

The summit, which opens Thursday at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, is an outgrowth of the governor’s 2011 strategic energy plan designed to put Utah at “the forefront of solving the world’s energy challenges.””

Read full story | The Salt Lake Tribune

Transfer of Public Lands Act – Four Myths


Myth 1 – Utah is pressing forward with a 3 million dollar lawsuit that will take federal lands

  • The executory provisions of HB 148 are conjectural and not justiciable in court. HB 148 instructs the United States to extinguish and transfer public lands’ title to Utah by December 31, 2014. The bill does not identify the actions the State will take if the federal government refuses to transfer lands.
  • Utah seeks cooperative and constructive dialogue with the federal government on how to manage the lands.

Myth 2 – HB 148 is an irresponsible effort that will result in the destruction and despoiling of Zions and other pristine natural parks in Utah

  • HB 148 exempts all National Parks, National Monuments, and National Historic Sites managed by the National Park Service, and also congressionally designated wilderness.

Myth 3 – HB 148 is an excuse to sell lands to oil, gas, mining, and development interests

  • HB 148 includes an explicit disincentive to sell lands. If the lands were transferred to the State and the State attempted to sell parcels of land, 95% of all proceeds would be paid to the United States for debt reduction and only 5% of the proceeds would be retained by the State to fund education.

Myth 4 – This is an unprecedented attack by Utah on the federal land ownership

  • This attempt is neither entirely new nor partisan. In 1915, Republican Governor William Spry and the Utah Senate protested the federal government’s refusal to dispose of lands. In 1932, Utah Democrat Governor George Dern testified before Congress about a fair disposal of lands in Utah. In 1945, Democrat Governor Herbert Maw and the State Legislature sent a petition to Congress protesting federal land policies. In 1979, the State filed a suit against the federal government over federal land abuses. In 1980, Democrat Governor Scott Matheson signed a “Lands Reclamation Act.” Utah has sought to exert greater control over lands within its borders for over a century. The difference between this legislation and previous efforts is that it is a distinct and specific demand on the United States to honor its promise.