Utah has more private property (17.876 square miles) than nine other entire
states (and more than the total area of the four smallest states combined).
Utah has more private land per capita (4.14 acres) than 18 other states and is
essentially tied with two others. By and large, the private land in the state
is the best and most productive (irrigable valleys with road access and
utilities) with the feds consigned the rocks and deserts. If Utah residents
can't succeed economically, it is not because of lack of private land.
Maybe they should look inward. How is that folks in Connecticut or Maryland can
prosper on a quarter of the land per capita as Utahns?
If Mr. Stewart thinks his job is a sham then he is more than welcome to resign
and save the tax payers some money. I get so tired of people trying to make
Utah like other states.Utah has its own unique assets that should be taken
advantage of. No, we don't have the Bakken Oil Fields but we have
something much better: 5 breathtaking National Parks that bring in visitors
(and their money) from all over the world! The governer and his "farse"
assistant should realize that having the federal government foot the bill for
all this income-producing land is a blessing. If the private owners take it
over, the State of Utah will never be the same.(And it won't be better)
Utah can't keep up with its own state parks right now much less take over
for the Forest Service. Speaking of farces, governer, please give up this
federal land grab idea of yours. It will ruin Utah and waste the tax payers
money trying to get it through the courts!