The transfer of 31.2 million acres of land managed by the federal government to Utah would create a major shift in the economic structure of the state, according to a report released by researchers from the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Utah State University and Weber State University.

The 784-page document, completed through a collaborative effort by economists at the three Utah institutions, offers an in-depth analysis of the proposed land transfer, which was ordered when H.B. 148 passed into law in 2012. The law orders the federal government to transfer the title of millions of acres of public land into state control by Dec. 31, 2014.

After passing H.B. 148, the Utah State Legislature commissioned the report in 2013 through H.B. 142, which called for an economic analysis of the proposed land transfer.

The newly released study, “An Analysis of a Transfer of Federal Lands to the State of Utah,” responds to H.B. 142. It examines current uses of land, the economic effects and non-economic benefits of the land uses and ramifications to the state if the lands are transferred. Information on the potential costs of managi