District 73 Public Lands

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Public Land Access is important to the voters of Utah House District 73.

House District 73 is home to many types of public lands. How should those lands best be managed and what is the role of the state legislature in that effort?

We certainly treasure our public lands and the value of traditional and multiple use. Our rural economies and lifestyle depend on access to public lands, now and in the future. This is our common ground.

The most effective management of public lands, both national and state, should seek what is best for the communities they encompass, and promote economic opportunities and stability through well-developed plans. Certainty is what we need.

The primary role of the State legislature is the appropriation of monies for management and protection of State Public Lands and to adjust policy for those lands.

States must manage their non-park, SITLA, lands for profit, meaning grazing and mining take precedence over public access and ecological concerns. State controlled lands are often sold to raise money for management of other state held lands when budgets are strained. Additionally, the State has no specific mandate to ask for input from local and county officials and is free to make decisions without input from its citizens. The recent proposed sale of “Sugar Knoll” in Kane County is such an example.

In contrast, the federal government is required to manage public lands through the Forest Service and BLM for multiple uses. So, for-profit enterprises, like grazing and mining, have to co-exist with those who want to hike, ride, and hunt on those lands. Also there are processes in place to solicit local and national input to help make management decisions.

The public land control issue centered on District 73 continues to overshadow many important concerns in our counties; improving quality education, diversifying and developing our economy for the future, furnishing high speed data connections, and training our next generation of skilled tradesmen. District 73 faces infrastructure challenges such as housing shortages and strained public utilities that are grinding growth to a halt.

I want to be elected to the State House of Representatives to address these important issues for District 73 and help us look to tomorrow. The time is now. I believe that I am your best choice for the House of Representatives and ask for your vote in November.

Marsha Holland