Rob Bishop

Utah public lands plan gets first hearing in Congress

Two Utah congressmen on Wednesday pitched their broad plan to manage 18 million acres of the state's land as a more locally driven way to protect a sacred Native American site than a sweeping declaration from the president.

The public lands initiative from Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz received its first hearing in Congress, but the Natural Resources subcommittee that took up the issue didn't take a vote on the matter.

The plan, billed as a grand compromise, has been seen by Utah Republicans and local leaders as a preferable way to protect the Bears Ears region instead of permanently folding it into a national monument.

But environmental groups and others say...