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Utah Eyes Federal Lands

2012 Law Seeks Return of 31+ Million Acres to the Beehive State In 2012, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law the Transfer of Public Lands Act, which asks the federal government to return the more than 64 percent of

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2012 Law Seeks Return of 31+ Million Acres to the Beehive State

In 2012, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law the Transfer of Public Lands Act, which asks the federal government to return the more than 64 percent of Utah that is currently controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. (National parks, all national monuments except the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, congressionally designated wilderness areas, Department of Defense areas, and tribal lands are not included.) In furtherance of this initiative, a report was released in November titled Pathway to a Balanced Public Lands Policy. One of its conclusions is that such a transfer could be profitable if Utah were to negotiate a change in the oil and gas royalty revenue share with the federal government from 50 percent to 100 percent. Without such a change, there would be a substantial strain on Utah’s funding priorities. Click here to read a review and recommendations prepared for the Utah State Legislature by the Governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office.

Posted in Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Public Land, Utah, West

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