PLS to Host Panel at the Winter 2015 Outdoor Retailer Show

by | Jan 13, 2015 | Land Transfers, Outdoor Outreach, Stakeholder Coordination


Economists, elected officials, business leaders to examine economic implications, non-market values at Winter Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

WHAT:  Public Land Solutions hosts a panel discussion during the Winter Outdoor Retailer Trade Show on the implications of a proposal to transfer ownership of 31 million acres of federal lands in Utah to the state. As more states through the West consider similar proposals, the event will provide a public forum to discuss the financial implications of state ownership of public lands, the impact on recreation assets, air and water quality, the role of public lands in corporate recruitment, and overall quality of life in the region.

The event will begin with a presentation from the two authors of an 800-page study on the economics and feasibility of public land transfers. Following the presentation, Public Land Solutions will moderate a conversation between the study authors and Utah business leaders and elected officials.


Paul Jakus, Professor of Economics, Utah State University

Therese Grijalva, Professor of Economics, Weber State University

Senator Jim Dabakis, District 2, Utah State Senate

Peter Metcalf, CEO, Black Diamond Equipment

Brad Peterson, Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation

Chris Baird, Vice Chair, Grand County Council

Nazz Kurth, CEO, Petzl America

Chris Robinson, Summit County Council

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 21 at 4:30 PM MST

WHERE: City Creek Marriott (Salon E), 75 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

RSVP:     Show credentials are not necessary to attend this event. This event is open to the public. Press are

encouraged to RSVP to or

Additional background:

Take State Land Away from Feds Advocates Urge, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Utah’s Plan To Seize Public Lands Would Cost More Than A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars Per Year, ThinkProgress

Op-Ed: The Land Grab Out West, Senator Martin Heinrich (NM), The New York Times

A Legal Analysis of the Transfer of Public Lands Movement, University of Utah Stegner Center

Video: The North Face: Your Land


Media Advisory: UT PLS Panel Discussion Media Advisory_FINAL

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