Whether you believe the state or the federal government should manage Utah's vast swathes of public land, there's plenty to debate.
That's why public lands management is a perfect topic for a new public debate format The Salt Lake Tribune is sponsoring along with KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., The 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."
Arguing for the motion will be Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory, president of the American Lands Council.
Arguing against the resolution will be 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.
The event is free and open to the public.
KCPW will broadcast the debate live. It also will be live streamed at sltrib.com.
Those in attendance will vote on which team was most persuasive.
The debate is intended to provide an opportunity to hear newsmakers make their best arguments in person. Attendees gain direct access to decision makers and sources for the stories The Tribune writes about public lands.
It promises to be a lively debate.
Public lands debate
The Salt Lake Tribune's Jennifer Napier-Pearce will moderate an Oxford-style debate on the resolution: "The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders."
Who • House Speaker Becky Lockhart and Republican Rep. Ken Ivory will argue one side; former BLM director Pat Shea and University of Utah political science professor Dan McCool will argue the other.
When • Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Where • Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. The debate also will be broadcast live at KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and will be live streamed at sltrib.com.