Category Archives: Land Use

Land Use in Utah

Land use and state rights is an important topic to Utah conservatives. Read through to learn more about this vital issue.

Feeling pushed by lands ‘poll’? Sutherland Soapbox, 10/21/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.   For those who have ever wondered what a “push poll” looks like, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank that’s … Continue reading

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The difference between dueling lands polls? It’s education

Two recent polls on federal versus state lands management preferences have seemingly contradictory findings. In fact, they demonstrate one key point: The more people know about the costs and benefits of transferring federal lands to state control, the more they … Continue reading

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Carl Graham in the Heritage Insider: The West’s Fight for Self-Government

The federal government owns nearly half of all land west of Nebraska, and it is increasingly using that ownership to cut Western states off from the natural resources and tax bases they need to take care of themselves. National polls show … Continue reading

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Tonight: Watch debate on land use

We invite you to watch this debate tonight on a topic vital to our state: the potential transfer of public lands from federal to state control. If you live in the Cedar City area, feel free to attend in person. … Continue reading

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Trouble in the West

The “green-über-alles” crowd has Utah and our neighbors in its sights. For instance, take this editorial from a Montana newspaper (republished by Utah.Politico.Hub), “Big Trouble in Big Sky Country.” This “big trouble” – referring to tactics used by radical environmentalists … Continue reading

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Podcast: the states vs. the feds on public lands

Listen to Carl Graham, director of Sutherland’s Coalition for Self-Government in the West, in a podcast about control and use of public lands. Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, Donald J. Kochan of Chapman University School of Law, and David Garbett … Continue reading

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Bundy family: Right issue, wrong argument – Mero Moment, 4/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Cliven Bundy’s family roots in Nevada stretch back to the 1880s but his awkward articulation of constitutional rights and federalism are hurting his … Continue reading

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The downside (we hope) of hubris

Hubris  (hju·bris)  1. pride or arrogance 2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin. Or, if you’d like a different definition: Headline: “Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress on monuments” And not to … Continue reading

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Feds broke a promise to Utah on land ownership

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When the Utah Legislature passed the Transfer of Public Lands Act (TPLA) in the 2012 general session, it did so for good … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Don’t call HB 148 a ‘land grab’ – Utah has every right to control its land

Mid-November meetings of the Utah Legislature are traditionally the final regular monthly gatherings of interim committees prior to the full-time session that begins in January. The issues and proposals discussed foreshadow and prepare the way for the work legislators will … Continue reading

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Taking back Utah's public lands

Governor Gary Herbert has signed HB 148, a bill aimed at restoring public lands to Utah for the benefit of public schools throughout the state. Watch this video report to learn more about what this bill would mean for Utah; … Continue reading

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Keep all 43 state parks open? Here’s how

  Do Utahns really want all 43 of the current state parks to stay open? Can state parks be managed better? If so, how? What happens if state parks lose some of their state subsidy? These and other similar questions … Continue reading

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‘Smart growth’: not so smart

  For years, advocates on the left have pushed for state and local government to pursue policies that they like to call “smart growth.” In Utah, advocates have coined the term ” quality growth,” but both approaches boil down to … Continue reading

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Finding balance: Utah, the feds, nature and natural resources

The state of Utah recently sued the Obama administration over its wild lands policy. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Gov. Gary Herbert’s take: “Herbert warned that the wild lands policy creates a category of lands akin to wilderness without … Continue reading

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