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On Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Salt Lake Tribune's Jennifer Napier-Pearce will moderate an Oxford-style debate at the Salt Lake City Main Library on the resolution: "The state of Utah is best suited to manage public lands within its borders."

Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory, president of the American Lands Council, will argue for the motion.

Former BLM director Pat Shea and Dan McCool, political science professor and director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah, will argue against the motion.

The event, cosponsored by KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and the U. of U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, is free and open to the public at the library, 210 E. 400 South.

KCPW will broadcast the debate live. It also will be live streamed at

Those in attendance will vote on which team was most persuasive.