Watch a Lively Debate on Public Lands from the June Utah Breakfast Club Event

SALT LAKE CITY, June 18, 2015 - Given the passions that issues of public lands enflame, perhaps it is surprising that advocates on all sides of the debate are so supportive of the process Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has kicked off with his Public Lands Initiative.

The Utah Breakfast Club features six divergent perspectives on the initiative at its June 11 luncheon event. A highlights video, together with the complete video of the event, are embedded below.

Watching it, you can see the vibrant debate surrounding issues of roads across federal lands, vegetation management, the role of county commissioners in the initiative, and whether competing proposals seeking to put federal lands under state control are a help or hindrance to the Public Lands Initiative.

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On the left is Casey Snider, legislative director for Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah; on the right is David Garbett; staff counsel for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

On the left is Cody Stewart, policy director for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert; on the right is Patrick Shea, former director of the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management.

Panelists participating in the event included:

  • David Garbett, Staff Counsel, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
  • Patrick Shea, Former Director of the Bureau of Land Management
  • Casey Snider, Legislative Director, Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah's First District
  • Cody Stewart, Policy Director, Office of Gov. Gary Herbert
  • Michael Swenson, Swenson Strategies
  • Mark Ward, Utah Association of Counties 
  • Moderator: Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club