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Trump’s Impact on Western Land

Erik Neumann

This Friday on RadioWest, we’re examining former-President Trump’s impact on the environment and public lands here in the West. Like so many issues these days, this is divisive territory.

In his four years as president, Donald Trump rolled back more than 125 environmental regulations and removed protections from nearly 35 million acres of public lands, including millions here in Utah. Seen from one side of the ideological divide, the weakening of protections for migratory birds, the shrinking of national monuments and a host of other actions look like assaults on wildlife and wild places. But step across the aisle and those actions are seen as boons to business and rural communities. We’ll hear from both sides this Friday at noon, and ask what effect the Biden administration might have in his first term.


  • Juliet Eilperin, senior national affairs correspondent for the Washington Post. She's the author of Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible| Bookshop
  • John Ruple, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law research professor and Stegner Center Fellow at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment 
  • Leland Pollock, Garfield County Commissioner
  • Dr. Daniel Costa, former National Research Program Director for Air, Climate and Energy Research Program, EPA US Environmental Protection Agency; Adjunct Professor, UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Department of Environment, Sciences and Engineering
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.