It’s been almost two years since Rep. Rob Bishop first announced plans for his “grand bargain,” a public lands initiative that he hoped would promote compromise and resolve decade-long conflict between Utah’s varied and sometimes divergent public lands users.
After numerous local meetings and often contentious public discussions during the past 18 months, the Grand County Council’s proposal ultimately did come down to compromises. On Tuesday, March 31, the council, by a 4-3 vote, formalized its land designation recommendations for the Bishop Public Lands Initiative. In the end, no faction in the debate over wilderness versus open multiple-use of public lands received everything it wanted.