Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

7:59 – Timeline of events leading up to a solution

11:47 – UTAH appropriated the money to keep the parks open

15:04 – What is the impact of the government controlling so much land?

16:17 Public Land Policy needs to be addressed

21:04 – Importance of Transfer of Public Lands

The Government shutdown is over but what lessons were learned when some government services were closed for 16 days. For communities that depend on tourism the shutdown was devastating. In fact the impact was so disruptive that 9 Utah counties declared states of emergency and the State of Utah loaned the federal government the money to reopen many of the closed parks and monuments in the state.

While a number of Utahans feel picked on by the closure the bigger question to come out of the whole ordeal was; if the federal government can effectively shutdown the economy of a town, city, or county; what else can they shut down or stop.

This leads us to a discussion about the push for Utah and other states with vast amounts of federal lands within their boundaries to have that land transferred to the states for management. While the National Parks are not part of the proposed transfer of public lands, the latest effects of the government shutdown have brought to light the problems of having so much federal control of lands within a state.

To find out more about Utah’s Public Lands Transfer Bill or HB148 please go here:

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