Utah governor unveils outdoor recreation plan

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 17:15 hrs

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's long-awaited vision for outdoor recreation stands by the desire to take control of federal lands while laying out a broad-stroke plan to preserve the state's natural jewels and cultivate outdoor recreation as one of the pillars of Utah's economy.

Herbert unveiled the plan Wednesday just as one of the world's largest outdoor-gear trade shows got under way in Salt Lake City. Organizers had threatened to move future shows if Utah didn't demonstrate its commitment to preserving public lands and offer more convention floor space and lodging for convention-goers.

Herbert's plan calls for the creation of a government office devoted solely to outdoor recreation.

It comes on the heels of an announcement by the show's organizers that they'll keep their biannual conventions in Salt Lake City through 2016. The Outdoor Retailer expos pour an estimated $40 million into Utah's economy every year.

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