SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says a gathering of Republican governors in Salt Lake City is an important first step in developing a unified voice on issues such as public lands and immigration.

Herbert and governors from Idaho and Wyoming met in Salt Lake City on Friday for the Rocky Mountain Roundtable and Nevada's governor participated by phone.

Herbert says a concern for all Western states is federal control of public lands and its impact on energy development. Other topics with a regional focus are water use and the management of endangered species.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says governors from both political parties are trying to balance environmental concerns with economic needs.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says cooperation will give the states more input on federal regulations.

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