Friday morning, Gov. Gary R. Herbert met with Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

Their meeting focused on the Department of the Interior’s efforts to reduce and realign regions for their department, with the aim to put decision makers closer to the states and their people. The governor believes Utah would benefit from such changes, and hopes that such changes will improve efficiency and good communication when it comes to public lands decisions that matter to Utahns.  He released the following statement:

The Department of the Interior’s plan to realign the regions in their department reflects good old-fashioned common sense. Practical solutions like this can help restore trust between the states and the federal government. I look forward to additional discussion regarding this proposal with my fellow governors in Washington, D.C. at the National Governors Association meetings later this month.