Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, Thursday introduced his version of a bill to allow Salt Lake City and the U.S. Forest Service to swap lands in canyons north and east of the city in order to make administration of the area easier.
Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, introduced a land-trade bill last week. Both Garn's and Owens' bills followed closely recommendations of Mayor Palmer DePaulis. They would make a nearly acre-for-acre swap of about 9,000 acres, and exempt the transaction from the National Environmental Policy Act.Owens called the swap a "mini-BOLD" attempt, referring to a more ambitious trade once advocated by former Gov. Scott Matheson.
Neither bill would affect valid existing mineral claims or alter management policy on the lands involved, Owens said.