Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah, will hold a series of public forums this year in which the public can comment on how much wilderness there should be in Utah.

Orton told the board of governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce the public forums seem to be the best way to gather information on how much wilderness Utah should have, a controversy that has been raging for years.Following the forums, Orton will sit down with representatives of everyone concerned about wilderness and work out the acreage that will be recommended to Congress.

A tax attorney in private life, Orton said he got a seat on the House Banking Committee, mainly because many representatives wanted to disassociate themselves from the group because of the problems caused by the savings and loan debacle.

He said one of the most important pieces of legislation to come from Congress this year will be banking reform. He is suggesting changes to get the country out of the crisis caused by the savings and loan situation that would encourage people to save more money.

Another important goal for Congress is to develop a comprehensive energy policy that would include impacts on mass transit and encouragement of energy production, he said.