Utah versus Public Lands

Conserve Southwest Utah (CSU) questions the validity of the Transfer of Public Lands Act (TPLA). TPLA demands that the United States give title to 30 million acres of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and the energy resources they contain to the State of Utah by December 31, 2014. The bill is without merit and it is a waste of taxpayer dollars to pursue litigation. The Utah legislature also passed House Bill 219 that directs the county to develop a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for federal lands to be incorporated in a state-wide RMP to use in future litigation. CSU questions the logic and timing of doing an RMP for public lands if it is not likely Utah will be successful at taking over ownership of these public lands. We outline our concerns about the TPLA and RMP below.

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Utah vs Public Lands