Herbert said Utah has been consistent in saying, "We want to have a legislative fix", citing the stalled Public Lands Initiative proposed by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, that would "bring peace to really 18 million acres" in the state.
Thirty outdoor company executives are threatening to abandon Salt Lake City as the home of the Outdoor Retailer trade show if the governor and Legislature continue to push against the new Bears Ears National Monument and the longstanding Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Patagonia booth at the Outdoor Retailer show.
"Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation not do they value the economic benefits - $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs - that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state", she said. "But most of all, we love our public lands", the ad says.
"As an industry, we're all about defending public lands".
Gov. Herbert's spokesman, Paul Edwards, said not letting Salt lake City even put in a bid for future shows is "offensive on many levels".
Gov. Gary Herbert says he plans to remind Outdoor Retailer show organizers during a meeting that having Utah as a host has been a "blessing" for them and helped the expo grow significantly.
The event has grown from 5,000 people at the first show in 1996 to about 29,000 last summer.
Patagonia on February 7 released a statement saying it would no longer attend shows held in Utah.
The meeting comes after show organizers announced they're considering moving the when the contract ends next year. He said he had hoped the conference call would lead to constructive dialogue.
Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon didn't share Hughes's opinion.
GU Energy Labs said Wednesday that it was joining the number of outdoor brands pulling out of the biannual Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City over Utah lawmakers' opposition to policies on public lands including the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument.
"Today all Utahns are feeling the consequences of the far-right agenda of the Utah Republican Party".