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Subject: Sutherland Supports HB151
Date: Thu Mar 06 17:25:53 MST 2014
Utah is leading the way among western states in seeking to restore a balance in the stewardship of public lands within the state. As this process moves forward, it’s essential to address the arguments on the one hand that state decision-makers will be more likely than their federal counterparts to enact policies harmful to long term stewardship and conservation goals, or on the other to harm property rights associated with current or potential uses of the lands.
In a nutshell, some people fear that returning federal lands to state stewardship will result in a policy of “rape, ruin, and run,” while others are concerned that existing development or usage rights will be endangered by state control.
Both of these concerns have some validity and must be addressed. HB151 does this by acknowledging that some lands’ “best use” is to be preserved in its current state, that some can and should be developed for the betterment of Utah’s economy and families, and that a fair and transparent process is needed to decide which is which.
We believe HB151 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