SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The 4,000-member Outdoor Industry Association says Utah state officials are talking about ways to safeguard federal lands for recreation.
Gov. Gary Herbert faced a deadline from the trade group on Thursday to open negotiations.
The Outdoor Industry Association has threatened to pull its lucrative trade shows out of Salt Lake City unless Utah gives up a threat to seize control of federal lands in the state and open them to motor vehicles. That stance has upset industry giants like The North Face and Patagonia.
Outdoor Industry Association spokeswoman Avery Stonich tells The Associated Press that talks are moving forward. A delegation of Utah state officials paid a visit to the Boulder, Colo.-based organization earlier this month.
Herbert's environmental advisor, Alan Matheson, didn't immediately return calls from the AP on Thursday.
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