Scott Hutchins

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This paper answers four general questions regarding the Lands Bill and Vision Dixie process. One, did they balance conservation and economic development? Two, did they induce multi-agency collaboration? Three, did they adequately reflect and encourage community and non-profit involvement? Four, did they promote landscape-scale planning? These questions were intended to address the major policy, planning, and management issues affecting many communities and public lands agencies in Utah and the West. This paper concludes that Vision Dixie and the Lands Bill equitably balanced conservation and development interests, and encouraged community involvement in land use planning. They did not, however, facilitate ongoing multi-agency collaboration nor directly promote landscape-scale planning. Most interviewees agreed and additional research supported their responses. The strengths and weaknesses, or the value, of the two processes as models are the basis for the conclusion and are presented in the next to last section.

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