Huntsman Names Land-Policy Chief

Huntsman Names Land-Policy Chief

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- San Juan County Commissioner Lynn Stevens has been named a senior adviser on public lands policy for Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The new position is intended to give Utah a voice with federal agencies such as the Park Service, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Stevens will go to work May 15 -- consolidating disparate functions in the governor's office, the Attorney General's office, the Utah Natural Resources Department and the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

Stevens' office will deal with such issues as gaining local control of roads crossing federal lands.

A coalition of businesses, environmental groups and others said they will place advertisements in Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret Morning News criticizing state efforts to "turn dirt trails across scenic public lands into highways."

Stevens served as a U.S. Army officer for 33 years before retiring from the Army as a major general, then became vice president of precision weapons programs for Northrop Grumman Corp. in California.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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