In 2012, Utah Legislature passed the Transfer of Public Lands Act—legislation requiring the federal government to transfer of approximately 31.2 million acres of federally owned and managed public lands to the State of Utah.
This legislation required examination of current federal management of public lands, budgets, and economic impacts from potential transfer. In 2013, legislators tasked PLPCO to direct the study and analysis of economic impacts and consequences of a transfer.
PLPCO put together a team of economists from University of Utah, Utah State University, and Weber State University to conduct the analysis and prepare a study. The study, “An Analysis of a Transfer of Federal Lands to the State of Utah,” examines the economic feasibility of the proposed lands transfer. It is an optimistic, yet cautionary, analysis of the opportunities and challenges involved in a potential public lands transfer.
This type of economic analysis has never before been performed. It is an objective study remarkable for its depth and detailed findings that will be of lasting interest to the western states. PLPCO has prepared a summary of the study, “Pathway to Balanced Public Lands Policy,” highlighting the key findings.
For additional information on the Transfer of Public Lands Act and study click here.
Also see press release on the Governor’s webpage.