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Through The Lens: 'Public Trust'

Florian Schulz
Provided by David Garrett Byars

What and who are America’s public lands for? We continue our monthly film series with a documentary that asks that question, and explores the precarious balance between enjoying and exploiting our shared spaces.

U.S. public lands are a uniquely American experiment. Everyone — hikers, campers, hunters, sightseers, anglers and ranchers alike — are invited to share 640 million acres of land. But they’re also managed for “multiple use,” which means that powerful extractive industries see in these lands stores of oil, gas, uranium and copper that can and should be unlocked. David Byars’ film Public Trust follows the journalist Hal Herring on his quest to better understand the conflict over public lands.


To participate in Through the Lens, our monthly film series with the Utah Film Center, join us Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m., for a live online screening of Public Trust, followed by a Q&A with director David Byars. Go to www.utahfilmcenter.org for the link.

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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.