Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News
The much-awaited, much-touted public lands initiative dubbed the “Grand Bargain” is slated to be released in draft form March 27, along with a map that carves out land-use designations for a huge chunk of eastern Utah.
Utah’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday they are putting the final touches on the massive proposal, which involves a geographic blueprint covering 18 million acres of federal lands and 1.6 million acres of wilderness study areas in the state.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the chief architect of the process, said the draft measure is giant in scope.
“I think we will have a decent bill that will be big,” Bishop said. “It will provide all sorts of things for everybody, and something for everybody to complain about.”
On Feb. 15, participants in the process will mark a three-year milestone of negotiation, bartering, compromise, concessions and begrudging acceptance as they have worked through more than 60 detailed proposals. (…)