By BRIAN MAFFLY | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns will finally get to see the fruits of Rep. Rob Bishop’s three-year Public Lands Initiative next week in Salt Lake City.
On Wednesday morning, Bishop, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, will unveil his draft legislation affecting 18 million acres of public land in seven eastern Utah counties, according to an announcement released Friday.
The initiative has been billed as a “grand bargain” designed to resolve long-running disputes over uses of Utah’s public lands. The goal is to designate landscapes for conservation and others for mineral development, in hopes of putting an end to these fights and lift much of the uncertainty that surrounds the future of Cedar Mesa, Greater Canyonlands, San Rafael Swell, Book Cliffs and other areas where scenic vistas overlap with rich mineral deposits. (…)
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