Audience will determine who wins Utah public lands debate
Published: May 12, 2014 09:50PM
Updated: May 12, 2014 10:36PM
Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Pueblo III-period cliff dwellings created by the Anasazi or Ancestral Puebloan peoples between 1150 and 1300 A.D. in Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The BLM closed Recapture Canyon to motorized use in 2007 after illegal ATV trail builders caused more than $300,000 in damage to remnants of pit houses and underground storage containers while widening the trail in 2005.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Salt Lake Tribune’s Jennifer Napier-Pearce will moderate an Oxford-style debate at the Salt Lake City Main Library on the resolution: “The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders.”

Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory, president of the American Lands Council, will argue for the motion.

Former BLM director Pat Shea and Dan McCool, political science professor and director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah, will argue against the motion.

The event, cosponsored by KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and the U. of U.’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is free and open to the public at the library, 210 E. 400 South.

KCPW will broadcast the debate live. It also will be live streamed at

Those in attendance will vote on which team was most persuasive.