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Subject: Sutherland Supports HB160
Date: Fri Mar 07 21:26:37 MST 2014
Utah has a proud legacy of managing its own public lands in accordance with the state Constitution and its residents’ desires. However, most state lands are explicitly and properly managed to provide a sustainable revenue stream to support public education or economic development. We currently have very limited options to recognize those lands that are of such a special character as to warrant maintaining them in their pristine state. The hazards of this deficiency will only compound if and when significant federal lands holding are returned to state control.
HB 160 provides another arrow in the quiver of state land managers to determine and enforce best use policies that ensure responsible stewardship of public lands in the state. As currently written, it is not merely a straw man designed to placate critics of land transfer initiatives, but rather a tool to ensure these initiatives are carried out responsibly, with all users in mind.
We believe HB160 is an essential step to build trust in Utah government’s ability and desire to be a responsible public lands steward and urge a “yes” vote.
Director, Sutherland Center for Self-Government in the West
Gateway Tower West
15 West South Temple, Ste. 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84101