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Rocky Mountain governors gather for ‘roundtable’ on federal lands

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today joined the governors of Utah, Wyoming and Nevada for a “Rocky Mountain Roundtable” discussion of common concernss that focused heavily on federal land management issues. “The Western states need to bind together and unite their voices,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who hosted the talks in Salt Lake City. “We have a uniqueness that other people don't understand.”

The participating governors, all Republicans, also included Wyoming's Matt Mead and Nevada's Brian Sandoval, who joined the conference by phone. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, had planned to attend but canceled because of issues at home. Herbert said today's all-day talks were just the beginning; Otter said he hoped that by banding together, the Rocky Mountain states could have more influence in Washington, D.C. on issues including “the use of natural resources, the management and control of public lands and the assets that are on those public lands.” He noted that the states share the distinction of having vast amounts of their territory consisting of federal public lands. “As a major stakeholder and as one who's going to either suffer from or benefit from some of those solutions that come up in Washington, D.C., I just think we need to have more input in them,” Otter said. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Josh Loftin in Salt Lake City.

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