Nearly 65% of Utah’s land is owned and controlled by the Federal Government, which is inaccessible for any use. When states were added to the Union, the transfer of lands to state governments was promised and is part of the Enabling Act. In 1976, Congress decided to keep the western state lands in federal control, unlike the eastern states. This arbitrary action is unjustified and has resulted in a failed land policy that has spoiled communities, closed off recreation and grazing access, mismanaged forests, caused out-of-control wildfires, and has locked up over 34-million acres of land. Much of that land includes vast untapped energy and mineral resources that could boost our economy and help pay for public education. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that fights for our public lands and enables the transfer of federally controlled lands to Utah.
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